White House Eyes Change On Nuclear Policies
March 1, 2010
US (ChattahBox) – Nuclear policies have been a hot top of debate for quite some time, with debates on what measure should be rewritten, and what ones should be kept. But the White House has their eye on major reduction.
Part of President Obama’s plan on shift nuclear policy in the U.S. is to reduce the amount of nuclear weapons we have in our possession.
“It will be clear in the document that there will be very dramatic reductions — in the thousands — as relates to the stockpile,” an unnamed official told the New York Times.
But the biggest issue of the docket, which will be hosted in the revised version of the Nuclear Posture Review, is when the U.S. will resort to the use of those weapons in defense.
Many have been calling for a promise to never be the country that takes the first shot in a nuclear war, but that view is unlikely to pass. Already, the White House has stated this will never likely happen.
But the rules of what would constitute a nuclear defense may become significantly more strict as President Obama trudges forward in an attempt to denuclearize on a global level.
The largest question for most will be the effect the new treatise will have on Bush’s former policy, which left the U.S. open for using nuclear weapons with very broad cause.
Many feel that the new policies would have to reflect the new administration, with rules being set in much clearer language, and barring certain elements from the former president’s rule book.
“Any declaration that deterring a nuclear attack is a ‘primary purpose’ of our arsenal leaves open the possibility that there are other purposes, and it would not reflect any reduced reliance on nuclear weapons,” Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association said.
“It wouldn’t be consistent with what the president said in his speech in Prague.”
This would include a clause that would keep the U.S. from attacking any nation that did not have nuclear capabilities, as well as dictating the use of preemptive nuclear force.