Obama Weakens US National Security

I just received an e-mail from the NY Times breaking news alert that reads as follows:

“Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Mon, April 05, 2010 — 8:15 PM ET

Obama Limits When U.S. Can Use Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON — President Obama said Monday that he was
revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow
the conditions under which the United States would use
nuclear weapons, even in self defense.

The strategy eliminates much of the ambiguity that has
deliberately existed in American nuclear policy since the
opening days of the Cold War. For the first time, the United
States is explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons
against non-nuclear states that are in compliance with the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the
United States with biological or chemical weapons, or
launched a crippling cyberattack.”

The President’s attempt to “clarify” when we use a Nuclear weapon weakens our defense.  It makes it more likely that an enemy without Nukes will use another form of WMD against our nation without fear of a Nuclear retaliation.  The reason why our rules for when we would use Nukes to respond to an attack have been so “loose” ever since the Cold War was so we would not be stuck to strict rules of retaliation.  Now however the enemy will know exactly how far they can go in attacking us before worrying about a Nuclear strike in kind.  This does not improve our security or the security of any other nation on this planet, in fact it makes our world a far more scary place to live.  We now live in a world in which the use of WMD’s are far more likely to be used than ever before.




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