President Obama is seemingly on a course to fundamentally change every aspect of our nation that has made it strong, prosperous, and safe. He has routinely ignored Constitutional restrictions on his powers and grown the size and scope of the executive branch and the federal government on the whole to no good end. He has, along with the progressive sects in congress, done much to hinder or out-right dismantle the free-market capitalism that has been the bulwark of America's innovative spirit, and stoked the desire to improve one's self through upward mobility, and indeed to savor and cherish our very freedoms.
I now read in a story in today's New York Times how President Obama wishes to fundamentally change our nuclear weapons policies that have managed to keep us safe since their invention. It is bad enough that Obama has stated how he wants to unilaterally cut back on our own nuclear arsenal and scrap theatre missile defense shields, but now he also wants to weaken our nuclear weapons policies too.
As per the NY Times story, "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 Nonproliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launched a crippling cyberattack."
So basically, President Obama has taken nuclear weapons off the table against possible enemies even in the event of a direct attack on the United States with weapons of mass destruction used against our people. This is absolutely amazing.
Now I understand that much has changed since the Cold War ended, but a basic tenet in a fight is not to telegraph your moves to your enemy or in this case, tell him that your most effective attack against him is something that you won't consider using.
I dearly would love to see the day come when the need for nuclear weapons and other WMD's no longer exist, but unfortunately until the second coming of our Lord, that day is not going to happen on this planet. By unilaterally disarming the United States, removing the ability to defend against other nations' nukes (via the scrapping of missile defense systems), and then invoking new doctrines stating that certain elements in our defense are now off the table, all this does is embolden our enemies as they will certainly see this not as a sign of our commitment to peace but rather as a sign of our weakness and a lack of intestinal fortitude when it comes to defending our nation and its interests.
President Reagan understood this. He was hugely responsible for our winning the Cold War, accordingly. Reagan understood that peace is achieved through having superior fire power. You can have the best of intentions for peace, but unless you are prepared to fight a war, that peace will likely be very ethereal.
In the school yard, a bully will generally not pick on the biggest and strongest boy there, even if that boy is typically good natured. The bully will rather pick on the kid that portrays weakness or shows an unwillingness to fight back when the bully demands his lunch money.
Human nature is consistent in this matter pretty much across most cultures and nations that would be threatening towards us. This is definitely true with adversaries in the Middle East who only respect strength, and will see Obama's overtures as a huge sign of weakness and lack of resolve on behalf of the United States of America.
One does not make the world safer by disarming one of the few nations that abides by the rules and generally respects the rights of other nations. Evidently this is not a lesson that Obama is willing to learn without doing it the hard way. Our country is decidedly less safe for his foolishness at being the Dove and supposed peacemaker accordingly.