April 7, 2010

THEN WHY CAN HE USE DRONES AGAINST PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THEM?:

Obama's Half-Hearted Nuclear Turnaround: With his new nuclear doctrine, Barack Obama wants to pave the way to a nuclear weapons-free world. For the first time, the US is abandoning its past threat of responding to conventional threats with nuclear weapons. But when it comes to the dangers posed by Iran, North Korea and terrorists, the president hasn't offered any new solutions. (Marc Pitzke, 4/07/10, Der Spiegel)

The new stance represents a renunciation of the view that the deterring power of nuclear weapons also keeps conventional opponents in their place. "Our nuclear arsenal also helps deter enemies from using chemical and biological weapons," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said as recently as October 2008, in a speech given at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. At the time, he was still serving under Obama's predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush. Now, however, the terms are to be stricter: Conventional weapons must be deployed against conventional threats, and the specter of nuclear weapons can only be raised against a nuclear threat.

The enemy must be so relieved that a campaign promise from the UR protects them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 7, 2010 6:35 AM
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