This is coolbert:
Well, President Obama did promise CHANGE. And promises are being kept! Policies, long-standing, are now being modified - - changed - - altered, and in a significant way!
From the Chicago Tribune today:
"Obama may restrict nukes"
"U.S. wouldn't use weapons against certain nations"
"WASHINGTON - - The Obama administration is poised to adopt a new policy potentially restricting the nation's use of nuclear arms"
"his [Obama] administration was explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons."
"could be deterred with a 'a series of graded options' - - a combination of old and newly designed conventional weapons."
NO USE of nuclear weapons IN RESPONSE to a chemical or biological attack on the United States. A hostile foreign power engaging in such an attack and employing ONLY chemical or biological weaponry will NOT have to fear atomic retaliation!
[this is not to say that retaliation is no longer an option. Merely the immediate and instantaneous response with nukes is now "off the table"?]
In such situations, the "combination of old and newly designed conventional weapons" will suffice as a deterrent? The X-51 hypersonic missile for instance. Bombarding an enemy target with thousands of tungsten rods, the conventional equivalent to the use of a tactical nuclear weapon!
Normally, the use of chemical rounds on a battlefield would necessitate a response in kind! Binary chemical weaponry [nerve gas] is stockpiled by the U.S. and can be readily made available if needed?
The U.S. NO LONGER has stockpiles of biological agents? BUT, in very short order, bacteria and other pathogens can be "brewed" and made ready for use?
Change was promised, and change is being delivered!