"Obama limits U.S. use of nuclear arms"That's very nice and civilized of President Obama.
Reuters (April 6, 2010)
"The Obama administration unveiled a new policy Tuesday restricting U.S. use of nuclear weapons but sent a stern message to nuclear-defiant Iran and North Korea that they remain potential targets."
"Kicking off a hectic week for President Barack Obama's nuclear agenda, his aides rolled out a strategy review that renounced U.S. development of new atomic weapons and could herald further cuts in America's stockpile.
"The announcement, calling for reduced U.S. reliance on its nuclear deterrent, could build momentum before Obama signs a landmark arms control treaty with Russia in Prague Thursday and hosts a nuclear security summit in Washington next week.
"But Obama's revamped strategy is likely to draw criticism from conservatives who say his approach could compromise U.S. national security and disappoint liberals who wanted the president to go further on arms control.
"Under the revamped policy, the United States for the first time is forswearing use of atomic weapons against non-nuclear countries, a break with a Bush-era threat of nuclear retaliation in the event of a biological or chemical attack.
"But the new strategy comes with a major condition that the countries will be spared a U.S. nuclear response only if they are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That loophole means Iran and North Korea would not be protected...."
I'm not surprised to hear Reuters opine that liberals - the contemporary American political variety, at any rate - are disappointed. Nuclear weapons are not nice. It would be nice if they didn't exist. From some points of view, anyway.
Does This Sort of - Thinking? - Sound Familiar?For that matter, it would be nice if gunpowder didn't exist. Then those awful nasty guns wouldn't work and people wouldn't hurt each other.
Wait a minute.
Okay: we can keep assuming that technology makes people do things. Quite a lot of people were killed with steel weapons: like swords. If only there were no steel weapons, people would live in peace and harmony.
Something doesn't seem quite right here.
Maybe it isn't any particular sort of metal: it's metal itself.
That's it! Ban all metal weapons, and then we'll all be nice.
Meanwhile, in the World I'm Stuck WithI like to think that I'm a nice guy. I think it would be nice if everybody was nice.
That would be nice.
War isn't nice. Things get broken and people get killed. That isn't nice.
Quite a few things got broken, and quite a few people got killed when New York City's World Trade Center was destroyed. That wasn't nice, either.
I suppose the CIA could 'really' be the ones who blew up the WTC. They could have used radio waves from their invisible helicopters and forced those hijackers to do naughty things. Or maybe made all the people in southern Manhattan think they saw those airliners hit.
You can do quite a lot with radio waves from invisible helicopters.
Particularly if you're the shape-shifting space-alien lizard people who really run the world. (I'm not making that up.)
Terrorists Aren't Always NiceI suppose it may be impossible for a nation to have complete control over all of its residents, and know exactly what's going on in every part of its territory.
That would explain why the (allegedly) oppressive United States government has trouble with alternatively-sensible militia groups now and again.
Let's some outfit with a name like "the Nation of United, Triumphant States" smuggled a suitcase nuke into Paris and imposed instant urban renewal on the Champs-Élysées. And that the NUTS operated mostly out of a compound in Minnesota's lake country.
That's a hypothetical situation, by the way.
I wouldn't like it at all, if the American government claimed that they couldn't do anything about the NUTS: and didn't think they were really there, anyway. I'd like it still less, if France lobbed a nuke back, and solved Washington's problem for them.
But I think I might understand France's position. Particularly if, a little later, a second nuke took out the Eiffel Tower and that warmonger Parc du Champs de Mars. (What can I say? It's named after an old god of war.)
That Would Never HappenI like to think that the federal government I pay taxes to wouldn't be quite that suicidally inept. But you never know.
Situations like that can happen though. It looks like Pakistan's central government isn't exactly omnipotent, when it comes to places like the Swat Valley. Then there's the LeT.
Which "obviously" means that warmonger America is using wicked Pakistan to attack nice India. Or maybe it's one of the other ways around.
You want "obvious?" Read a spy novel.
Obama, Nukes, and Being NiceAs I said, I think it's nice that President Obama has changed American policy. Now, until things change again, we won't use nuclear weapons against nations that don't have them.
Or against non-governmental organizations operating within those nations.
I hope that the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and like-minded organizations are impressed, and decide to be nice, too.
Like I said: I hope so. Somehow, I don't think that's a likely outcome.
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(April 6, 2010)
- "The CIA, the BBC, Iran, and an Iranian Scientist"
(March 31, 2010)
- "American Military Tests Antimissile System: Smart Move, I Think"
(December 19, 2009)
- "Attack on New York City Thwarted; or Your Constitutional Rights Threatened: Depends on Your Point of View"
(October 6, 2009)
- "Pearl Continental Hotel: Sometimes Terrorism is More Obvious"
(June 10, 2009)
- "Pakistan; Nawaz Sharif; Multiculturalism; and a Skewed World View"
(March 15, 2009)
- "India, Mumbai, and the Pakistan Connection: Following Facts"
(December 31, 2008)
- "Pakistan, India, Mumbai, Nuclear Weapons, and Pashtunistan: Simple This Isn't"
(December 27, 2008)
- "DC Gun Ban, Online Censorship, Individual Rights, and Power to the People"
(June 27, 2008)
- "Pakistan: Still a Mess"
(November 17, 2007)
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