President Bush issued a new national security strategy today reaffirming his doctrine of preemptive war against terrorists and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, despite the troubled U.S. experience in Iraq.
The long-overdue document, an articulation of U.S. strategic priorities that is required by law, lays out a robust view of America’s power and an assertive view of its responsibility to bring change around the world. On topics including genocide, human trafficking and AIDS, the strategy describes itself as “idealistic about goals and realistic about means.”
The Bush Administration has shown repeatedly that it will rush headlong into events that it fails abjectly to prepare for, seeing only their imagined success rather than the reality of a situation. It’s statement about being realistic about means is PR, not policy.
With Iran singled out in the document (click here to get the PDF) as a threat and no significant forces available to widen the war in the Middle East, this is essentially a statement that the U.S. will consider using nuclear weapons against the country preemptively if Bush feels he has no other choice—and we know how often he can get so single-minded. We’re headed toward becoming the first country to use nukes offensively and, with Bush spreading nuclear technology in exchange for support in his mindless wars, this opens the door to many countries turning to nuclear weapons as a diplomatic and offensive weapon.
Very, very bad times. Getting worse.