Reply Fri 9 Apr, 2010 03:08 pm
"The United States is declaring that we will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapons states that are party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and in compliance with their nuclear nonproliferation obligations,”

Seeking to set an example, the Obama administration said the US would consider use of nuclear weapons only in "extreme circumstances" and committed to not developing any new nuclear warheads.

But it said that while reducing the role of nuclear weapons in national security, the US would strengthen its conventional arsenal.

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Reply Fri 9 Apr, 2010 03:16 pm
Observing Obama's foreign policy, one comes away with the impression that he is profoundly embarrassed by American exceptionalism: We are a country like any other, and let no one tell us otherwise. He also views America's international decline as irreversible: His instinctive response is to accommodate the U.S. to the forces that have led to this decline, since to resist them would not merely be futile, but an affront to the multi-polar sensibilities of all those who, in foreign chanceries and international institutions, watch America closely for any trace of unilateralist recidivism.

In the Obama narrative, America has been a reckless source of trouble for the world because of its arrogant interventionism. Obama's solution, in the words of Charles Hill, a professor at Yale, is the following: "Close out the wars, disengage, and distance ourselves in order to carry out the real objective: the achievement of a European-style welfare state. Just as Reagan downsized government by starving it through budget cuts, Obama will downsize the military-industrial complex by directing so much money into health care, environ-o-care, etc., that we, like the Europeans, will have no funds available to maintain world power. This will gain the confidence of those regimes adversarial to us as they recognize we will no longer be a threat to them and that we will acquiesce in their maintenance of power over their people." All will be well with the world.

Tunku Varadarajan
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Reply Fri 9 Apr, 2010 05:10 pm
They don't like the idea of Washington and Moscow being on the front line. Better if the front line is on some distant farmland where the squaddies can slug it out.
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