Saturday, September 10, 2005

Sobering Demonstration of Global Reach

In a few weeks, a document called "Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations" (available on a Pentagon Web site) is expected to be signed by Air Force Lt. Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, director of the Joint Staff. Link to article and discussion are available here.

Essentially, this is the formalized and updated preemption strategy first announced by the Bush White House in December 2002, for rules and procedures governing U.S. use of nuclear weapons. We know, MAD worked well during the Cold War, but is now obsolete.

Personally, I expect the doctrine to be applied eventually in the form of a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (the bunker buster).

There is a current need to underscore the new doctrine soon after it is approved, and to impress the Amalgamated Low - Quotient And Expendable, Deranged Assasins union, of our will to dispatch it with more speed and surprise than previously shown. The current Iraq and Afghanistan wars did not do this, having been launched after much warning, delay and logistical arrangement. U.S. actions in other areas of the world, such as the Phillipines, have been lead ostensibly by local militaries, as well. Would an attention-grabbing surprise, such as a submarine launch of a conventional Tomahawk on another continent give the maniacs pause? I favor Mogadishu. Any Al-Qaeda terror camp or war lord (e.g. Aden Hashi Ayro) would do. Here is some background, so take your pick.


At 9:46 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Preemption aside for a moment, I will go on record as being very much against furthering development/doctrine for use of nuclear weapons. That is a genie that we need to seal weld in the bottle, not consider letting out.


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