Sunday, October 03, 2004

Disarming at home, respected abroad

A couple more notes from the presidential debate.

John Kerry:

Right now the president is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to research bunker-busting nuclear weapons. The United States is pursuing a new set of nuclear weapons. It doesn't make sense.

You talk about mixed messages. We're telling other people, "You can't have nuclear weapons," but we're pursuing a new nuclear weapon that we might even contemplate using.

Not this president. I'm going to shut that program down, and we're going to make it clear to the world we're serious about containing nuclear proliferation.

How ‘bout that logic? It’s like, “We need to get the Iraqi insurgents to turn in their RPG’s and AK-47s, so lets start by setting a good example and disarming our own troops.”

Bill Hobbs is all over it:
John Kerry thinks America having nuclear weapons is akin to terrorists and rogue regimes having them. Think about it. To Kerry, the danger is the bomb itself, not the motives and agendas of the government that is holding it. Thus, a succession of American presidents commanding an arsenal of nuclear weapons as a deterrent against a Soviet missile attack were morally equivalent to the Mad Mullahs of Tehran who have been threatening to obliterate Israel just as soon as they get a nuke.
He also notes, obviously, that if you want to go about containing nuclear proliferation, then the bunker busting missiles are key:

But Iran and North Korea continue their programs to develop nuclear weapons - and do so in facilities intelligence experts and defense analysts routinely describe as "hardened" against an airstrike. The Pentagon's solution: developing weapons capable of penetrating deep into the earth to deliver an underground nuclear blast to destroy such hardened facilities.

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Without such weapons, the United States will have no way to preemptively destroy an enemy's nuclear weapons or other WMD or WMD production facilities stored below ground in such hardened bunkers.

And what about that “global test” that we have to take to defend ourselves? Rand Simberg has created an online version so that our nation might better prepare ourselves for a multilateral future.

I scored -4900.

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