It is great to hear the US new nuclear strategy for setting an example for the world to limit the use of unclear weapon.
President Obama said Monday that 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.
To set an example, the new strategy renounces the development of any new nuclear weapons, overruling the initial position of his own defense secretary.
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.
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.
That's perfectly reasonable. If biological agents were ever deployable with the same impact as nuclear weapons, it only makes sense for the US to throw open the gates of hell on the offending nation and turn it, its history, its land and its craven people into ghosts and ash.