By Francis A. Boyle
I have now had the chance to read President Obamaâ€™s Report on Nuclear Employment Strategy of the United States, that just came out on Friday, June 21, 2013.Â The critical passage can be found on page 5:
â€œThe 2010 Nuclear Posture Review established the Administrationâ€™s goal to set conditions that would allow the United States to safely adopt a policy of making deterrence of nuclear attack the sole purpose of U.S. nuclear weapons.Â Although we cannotÂ adopt such a policy today, the new guidance re-iterates the intention to work towards that goal over time.â€
Nuclear Deterrence Not Administration Policy
In other words, â€œnuclear deterrenceâ€ is not now and has not been the policy of the Obama administration going back to and includingÂ their 2010 Nuclear Posture Review as well.Â Â Since â€œnuclear deterrenceâ€ is not now and has never been the Obama administrationâ€™s nuclear weapons policy from the get-go, then by default this means that offensive first-strike strategic nuclear war fighting is now and has always been the Obama administrationâ€™s nuclear weapons policy.Â This policy will also be pursued and augmented by means ofÂ â€œintegrated non-nuclear strike options.â€ Id.
Therefore, the entire 2013 NPR and Obamaâ€™s recent nuclear arms â€œreductionâ€Â proposals must be understood within this context of the United States pursuing an offensive, strategic first-strikeÂ nuclear war-fighting capability as augmented by non-nuclear strike forces:
â€œAfter a comprehensive review of our nuclear forces, the President has determined that we can ensure the security of the United States and our Allies and partners and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent while safely pursuing a one-third reduction in deployed nuclearÂ weapons from the level establishedÂ in the New START Treaty.â€ Id. at 6.
And we know now for sure that all the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)Â systems that Obama is currently in the process of deploying in Europe, Asia, and the United States, on land, at sea and perhaps in Outer Space are designed to provide the United States with aÂ strategic, offensive, first strike nuclear war fighting capability against Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and Syria for starters, the latter three because the United States has taken the position that they are not in compliance with their obligations under the NuclearÂ Non-Proliferation Treaty:Â â€œ…the United States has relied increasingly on non-nuclear elements to strengthen regional security architectures, including a forward U.S. conventionalÂ presence and effective theater ballistic missile defensesâ€¦â€ Id. at 9.
So the United States government is currently preparing to launch, wage and win an offensive,Â first-strike strategic nuclear war against Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and Syria.Â All the rest is just palaver, including by our Dissembler-in-Chief, an â€œhonorsâ€Â graduate of Harvard Law School.Î¦
Francis A Boyle is the author of The Criminality ofÂ Nuclear Deterrence (Clarity Press: 2002).