Of all its malignant provisions, from accommodating Russian demands to preventing overdue updates for our arsenal, the most worrisome is the public declaration that, if the US suffers a biological, chemical or massive cyber attack, we will not respond with nukes.
This is a very real — and unilateral — weakening of our national security. In the past, our ambiguity made our enemies hesitate. The new policy guarantees that they’ll intensify their pursuit of bugs, gas and weaponized computers.
Intending to halt a nuclear arms race, we’ve fired the starter pistol for a rush to develop alternative weapons of mass destruction.
Will this policy be the inspiration for an engineered plague that someday scythes through humankind? Chemical attacks are horrible, but local; cyber attacks are potentially devastating. But an innovative virus unleashed on the world could do what Cold War nuclear arsenals never did: Kill hundreds of millions.
This change leaves us far less safe. If a thug has a knife, but knows you’re packing a gun, he’s considerably less likely to attack you. Why promise him that you won’t use the gun — and might not use your knife?
Idealism has devolved into madness.
Go over and read the whole thing. It’s well worth your time.
What’s most frightening about this is the childish naivety of the entire policy. The thugs and monsters of the real world do not see humility and self-restraint as models for their own behavior.
They see it as ultimate – and fatal – weakness. And they WILL exploit weakness given even a modest incentive to do so. Obama has just given them a free pass to do so at the expense of America and Americans. This is more than madness. It is national suicide – or national murder, depending on your point of view.
What it will not do is make America safer.
Rome had a motto: Let them hate – so long as they fear (Oderint Dum Metuant). When they forgot that motto, it wasn’t long before they fell.