Halfway Down The Path

Tristero:

These maniacs cannot be permitted to get away with this, or even seriously contemplate getting away with it. No, that’s not enough. If this country so much as opens the question to serious consideration “whether first-strike nukes are justified in the present world,” then we are already halfway down the path to a nuclear holocaust. All it will take to tip it over is one more major terrorist attack, and Bush will guarantee the nukes will fall. And if you don’t think there will be another major terrorist attack in America, either a real one or one faked by this administration, you have not been paying attention to what has been going on. Bush’s nuclear policy is quite clear: from the start he’s wanted to be the first president since Truman to drop a nuclear bomb.

I thought the first-strike thing sounded familiar, so I went looking, and sure enough, according to EBW way back when, we can indeed use nukes whenever we damn well please.

Feith’s (non) accomplishments: withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty (MIRV, launcher and decoy dance now “on”); a new policy on nuclear forces (first use is “on”, tactical use is “on”).

So to answer Tristero, succinctly, whoopee, we’re all gonna die.

A.