Kicking off a hectic week for President Barack Obama's nuclear agenda, his aides rolled out a strategy review that renounced U.S. development of new atomic weapons and could herald further cuts in America's stockpile.
The announcement, calling for reduced U.S. reliance on its nuclear deterrent, could build momentum before Obama signs a landmark [?] arms control treaty with Russia in Prague on Thursday and hosts a nuclear security summit in Washington next week.
Under the revamped policy, the United States for the first time is forswearing use of atomic weapons against non-nuclear countries, a break with a Bush-era threat of nuclear retaliation in the event of a biological or chemical attack.
But the new strategy comes with a major condition that the countries will be spared a U.S. nuclear response only if they are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That loophole means Iran and North Korea would not be protected.
Russia? Did we magically go back to 1985? And a "loophole" may not protect Iran and North Korea, but so what? Is either country governed by the reasonable?
Don't forget the real goal. (Ignore the header.)
And Obama shall force the lion to lie down with the lamb. One problem, though: Obama's not Jesus.
This is about making America vulnerable to her enemies. It has always been about that.