Immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary, and very, very dangerous
Great piece in The Guardian
today from Kennedy/Johnson Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. There's also a similar piece in Foreign Policy
He argues the United States' current nuclear policies are extremely dangerous. And after taking the US to the brink and back during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he would know. Between the risk of accidental launch, the hundreds of tonnes of unsecured fissile material around the world and a renewed era of proliferation, the Bushies are putting all of us in danger. Its pretty difficult to ask Iran and North Korea to give up the bomb when you're busy building new and more efficient nuclear weapons yourself. Smacks of hypocrisy, don't you think?
Quick example: do you remember last month's NPT meeting? Probably not, since it was almost completely ignored by the western media. Not surprisingly, nuclear power insouciance and a lack of public profile ensure the failure of the conference. With the NPT slowly eroding, roadblocks to a new nuclear age are slowly falling by the wayside. Seems like eliminating fillibusters isn't the only 'nuclear option' being pursued by the Republicans these days.