President Obama has assured our enemies that we will not retaliate with nuclear weapons as long as they do not use nuclear weapons first.
The following excerpt are from The New York Times:
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.
There is no need to read between the lines here. President Obama has made it explicitly clear that, short of dropping a nuke in our back yard, rouge nations will be safe from nuclear retaliation.
What is less clear in the wording is what happens of a non-nuclear nation obtains a nuclear weapon that it uses against us.
Setting aside the above issue; nuclear weapons are a deterrent. Our stock piling of nuclear weapons gave pause to piss-ant rouge nations. If there was a chance that they could be nuked into smoldering oblivion it stood to reason they would be less likely to attack us with weapons of any type. That deterrenct is now gone.
Even more startling is the next quote:
White House officials said the new strategy would include the option of reconsidering the use of nuclear retaliation against a biological attack, if the development of such weapons reached a level that made the United States vulnerable to a devastating strike.
Anthrax, smallpox, ebola, avion flu and others are already out there. It does not take a great deal of techonology to infect a dozen morons and have them jump a flight to the United States. Before they even left the planes the damage would be done. Is this administration that naive?
Mr. Obama argued for a slower course, saying, “We are going to want to make sure that we can continue to move towards less emphasis on nuclear weapons,” and, he added, to “make sure that our conventional weapons capability is an effective deterrent in all but the most extreme circumstances.”
Soooo, destroy our infrastructure, poison us with chemical or biological weapons and be rest assured the worst we will do is drop a few bunker busters on aspirin factories. Got it.
I am horrified at the prospects of a nuclear exchange. Having said that I am equally horrified at watching those I care for die from saran gas, smallpox or anthrax. I fully believe the reason that has not yet happened is because most nations (excluding the religious zealots in Iran) are afraid that such an attack will result in their utter annihilation; at least they used to.