Monday, September 12, 2005

The Best Argument for Nonproliferation

From the Washington Post on, fittingly enough, September 11th:

The first example for potential nuclear weapon use listed in the draft is against an enemy that is using "or intending to use WMD" against U.S. or allied, multinational military forces or civilian populations.

The fact that we're seriously considering the use of nuclear weapons is alarming. Even more alarming is the fact that we're looking at them as a pre-emptive measure. I know there is precedent for this [insert much of late cold war strategy here] but that brings up the third, and perhaps most alarming point: their use is to be decided based upon whether or not we think someone is planning to use weapons of mass destruction. To say nothing of the irony of that last point, we don't exactly have the best track record when it comes to determining even the mere presence of WMDs, let alone the intentions of a potential adversary.


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