Charles Krauthammer’s latest column shreds President Obama’s latest foray into nuclear doctrine, Nuclear posturing, Obama-style.
Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker is up to date with its latest IAEA inspections, well, it gets immunity from nuclear retaliation. (Our response is then restricted to bullets, bombs and other conventional munitions.)
However, if the lawyers tell the president that the attacking state is NPT-noncompliant, we are free to blow the bastards to nuclear kingdom come.
This is quite insane. It’s like saying that if a terrorist deliberately uses his car to mow down a hundred people waiting at a bus stop, the decision as to whether he gets (a) hanged or (b) 100 hours of community service hinges entirely on whether his car had passed emissions inspections.
Apart from being morally bizarre, the Obama policy is strategically loopy. Does anyone believe that North Korea or Iran will be more persuaded to abjure nuclear weapons because they could then carry out a biological or chemical attack on the United States without fear of nuclear retaliation?
Perhaps it could be read into the President’s policy that he doesn’t trust the United States (or its President!)
It would appear that Dr. Krauthammer and Gov. Palin are on the same page.
As those who have been following the blogosphere know, there’s one other country the President apparently doesn’t trust with nuclear technology. Council Member JoshuaPundit was one of the first to publicize the news that the Obama administration is being quite stingy about allowing Israeli nuclear scientists into the United States for further training.