Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Obama Sends Our Nuclear Presence Down The River - Sorta

The President experienced another self-inflicted "O"gasm yesterday, announcing:
...he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons. 
But the president said in an interview that he was carving out an exception for “outliers like Iran and North Korea” that have violated or renounced the main treaty to halt nuclear proliferation.
Later in the NYT article, the president "shoots" again, removing the cloak of "ambiguity" from our nuclear use policies:

It 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 nonnuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launched a crippling cyberattack.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would be remiss in not pointing out that the referred-to "ambiguity" is a major portion of WHY having nukes works as a deterrent:
Knowing who would really get a "rise" out of the latest "O"gasm, I browsed over to visit to eloquent and sexy GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD for her take.  Sure enough, her Royal Cuteness does not disappoint:

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?  (note: For those who are not phonetic alphabet-ready, that's WTF? -LTB)

She goes on to point out:
"Months of study led by the Defense Department will declare that “the fundamental role” of nuclear weapons is to deter nuclear attacks on the United States, allies or partners, a narrower presumption than the past." 
Ditching calculated ambiguity seems "Unserious"in the conventional world, needless in theory and dangerously provocative. 
So, what Obama has done, in principal, is tip America's hand on the use of nuclear weaponry. The good news is the hand is not fully dealt until actual conflict, so there are still cards buried in the deck. Obama tipped an incomplete hold. The treaty itself does have what the NYT refers to as "cutouts", or provisos expressly aimed at countries who previously violated any nuclear provision - which effectively means Iran, Pakistan, India, N. Korea and even Israel.

Perspective:  So what did Obama really do? Two things, first one of the things he does so well - get his face on camera.  And second, while this is (at first blush) another sign of Obama's "Pussification of America Plan", this one really doesn't mean too much.  Take it from someone who once had the real power between his legs - a 5 KT device (in, oh by the way, a country where "nukes didn't exist on our soil") - this amounts to a whole lot of nothing.  If America is ever confronted with a situation where nuclear weapon use is her only option, she still can, and will, pull the trigger.

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