As I was perusing the interwebbynets reading news items, I ran across the interview with SecDef Gates and SecState Clinton. During the interview, when asked to clarify the United States response to an attack by a foreign aggressor, the Secretaries were kind enough to state the following:
“We were concerned about the biological weapons,” Gates said, “and that’s why the president was very clear … if we see states developing biological weapons that we begin to think endanger us or create serious concerns, that he reserves the right to revise this policy.”Just want to make sure I have this correct... The policy as I understand it is clarified by these remarks from President Obama:
Clinton added, “If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.”
"We are taking specific and concrete steps to reduce the role of nuclear weapons while preserving our military superiority, deterring aggression and safeguarding the security of the American people," Obama said in remarks issued by the White House.So if you attack us with biological weapons, then we are going to attack with nuclear weapons, right Secretary Clinton? Or we're not going to attack with nuclear weapons, President Obama? Keep in mind, these are the people with their finger on the button. I can just imagine what the order to respond to a biological attack would look like.
The United States for the first time is forswearing use of atomic weapons against non-nuclear countries, a break with a Bush-era threat of nuclear retaliation in the event of a biological or chemical attack.
But this comes with a major condition. Those countries would be spared a U.S. nuclear response only if they are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran and North Korea would thus not be protected.
"If there is a message for Iran and North Korea here, it is ... if you're not going to play by the rules, if you're going to be a proliferator, then all options are on the table in terms of how we deal with you," U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters.
So now that our retaliation procedure has been clarified, millions of Americans can sleep more soundly at night. Then I ran across this article where Obama claims that Al-Qaeda is actively trying to acquire a nuclear weapon. When this guy claimed something similar he was branded a liar, wonder what'll happen to Obama? So we know that a sworn enemy who has vowed to wipe our culture off the face of the planet is attempting to acquire nuclear weapons. However, we're committed to reducing the number of nuclear weapons we currently have and we're setting a firm date for withdrawal in the only theater where we are actively engaged in a military conflict with that enemy. Makes sense to me.
Meanwhile we're snubbing our (formerly) closest ally in the middle-east. This administration sure has restored our standing in the world. They all love us now! We truly are blessed to have this kind of level-headed leadership in Washington!
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