May 10, 2009

AFTER ALL, SHOULDN'T YOU TREAT FRIENDS LIKE ENEMIES?:

Taboo broken in first shot of US Middle East offensive (Harvey Morris, May 10 2009, Financial Times)

[R]ose Gottemoeller, US assistant secretary of state, told a non-proliferation meeting at the UN: “Universal adherence to the NPT [nuclear non-proliferation treaty] – including by India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea – remains a fundamental objective of the United States.”

Urging the four non-signatory nuclear weapon states to join the worldwide treaty did not represent a radical change in policy from previous administrations, but one expert said naming Israel marked a “major shift”. Since the US discovered Israel’s nuclear weapons ­programme in the 1960s, Tel Aviv has consistently refused publicly to confirm or deny that it has a nuclear arsenal.

“This is a very big issue to take on,” Stephen P. Cohen, a former Middle East adviser to the US National Intelligence Council told the Financial Times. He linked the naming of Israel to Mr Obama’s policy of opening dialogue with Iran, which Israel, western and Arab states fear is poised to join the nuclear weapons club.


One can hardly expect the Obamanauts to understand or accept this, but one of the reasons it is imperative that nukes be in the hands of allies like India and Israel is because were they ever needed at a time when we had a potentially feckless administration--like the current one may prove--we could count on these proxies to launch the strikes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2009 2:58 PM
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