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 Non-Proliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons.Yea - read that first part again. Elections have consequences; congratulations America. The Professor has nuanced your defense against the beast at the door.
But Mr. Bush’s document also reserved the right to use nuclear weapons “to deter a wide range of threats,” including banned chemical and biological weapons and large-scale conventional attacks. Mr. Obama’s strategy abandons that option — except if the attack is launched by a nuclear state, or a nonsignatory or violator of the nonproliferation treaty.
Sure, a proper biological weapon will kill tens of millions if done right and a chemical attack done right easily reaches six figures - but goodness, we wouldn't want to glass the valley they were produced in, would we? Let more product get out there first. We can destroy vial by vial with Predator strikes while the EU Task Force blockades the coast of the host nation.
Imagine you are one of the leaders of ONE of the organizations out there that wants to kill millions of Americans. What do you hear?
The summit meeting that opens next week in Washington will bring together nearly four dozen world leaders, the largest such gathering by an American president since the founding of the United Nations 65 years ago. Mr. Obama said he hopes to use the session to lay down tangible commitments by individual countries toward his goal of securing the world’s nuclear material so it does not fall into the hands of terrorists or dangerous states.This is seriously defending the American people? The morning after the attack, how do you prepare to say,
“Our expectation is not that there’s just some vague, gauzy statement about us not wanting to see loose nuclear materials,” he said. “We anticipate a communiqué that spells out very clearly, here’s how we’re going to achieve locking down all the nuclear materials over the next four years.”
"My fellow Americans, we understand that at least three million of our countrymen died in the nuclear attack in New York City, with at least that number injured and sick.
This morning we can also confirm reports of an outbreak of hemoragic fever in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Seattle. So far there have only been around two hundred dead, but with an estimated 45,000 infected and the spread still not contained - we need everyone to remain home or where ever they can find shelter as directed by local authorities.
I would like to express our gratitude to the Virginia Highway Patrol who, through their exceptional professionalism, discovered the Washington DC bomb during a routine stop to help the broken down RV that was carrying it on I-95. The driver of the RV thought dead after the shootout with the others taking the nuclear device, survived surgery and with the investigation into the defused nuclear bomb's components and the identification of those with the bomb, we have identified the location of those responsible in the lawless reaches of Backassistan.
The Prime Minister of Backassistan assures me that his forces will arrest those responsible by the end of the week, and the President of neighboring Insanistan promised me that their border is closed. Between our friends in Backassistan and Insanistan - those responsible will be brought to justice.
I have informed my Attorney General to prepare a new extradition treaty with those nations, so once the alleged perpetrators of this crime are arrested, they can be turned over as soon as possible to the proper authorities here under the auspices of applicable UN Agreements. As such, China as Chair of the Security Council has confirmed that it will rearrange the schedule of the Security Council to work on a resolution condemning this act as soon as possible, and the European Parliament will look at steps they can take once they return from Summer recess. My good friend the Russian President this morning sent me series of links to YouTube where Russian citizens have voiced their support for our victims.
Finally, I ask my fellow Americans not to take out their anger on those Americans; by heritage, naturalized, on undocumented - who trace their culture to Backassistan. We cannot let our Diversity suffer due to the isolated actions of a few criminals. We cannot injure out international reputation by lashing out externally either. If we respond with force to the murder of millions of our fellow citizens, then the people of different world views who attacked us will win.
Instead of asking what we should do now - we should ask what we did not do before that may have encouraged this attack. Did we supply enough foreign aid? Did we have enough cultural exchanges that respected their culture? Why didn't we help the citizens and government of Backassistan address the root causes?Hat tip LBG.
This is a time for introspection and reflection - not action."