What purpose would such a threat serve? Would it be only a bluff? How would you justify the act to your people who might very well die in a nuclear exchange. Would you think your country would actually survive such a conflict?
It was an indication of the passion I have against the abuse of "pre-emption".
I followed my statement by saying: "Yes, extreme and foolhardy."
I think here you are trying to convince me of something I'd already said in the post you reference (i.e. that it is an extreme and foolhardy emotion), I'm sure that I'd not really have done that, not the least of the reasons being that nobody ever lets me control nukes.
But that would definitely have been an impulse. I was pissed that nobody has a strong enough military/economy to stand down what the whole world does not believe in.
But that is the way I felt. I am furious that the name of my nation is sullied through the corruption of the preemptive strike. I wish someone had the balls to stand up and prevent this modern precedent.
Not to protect a tyrant Bill. And I'm not going to continue this line of discussion. When you tell me why you like beating women I'll tell you why I support tyrants.
Don't worry Bill. He got me like that not too long ago. It helps keep us on our intellectual toes.
It was a loaded question. I have no problems with disposing of Saddam and had no problems with regime change.
My qualms center on the very transparent corruption of the "pre-emptive strike". I think that was an unforgivable blow to international stability.
Saddam's biggest sins in the realm of geoplotics were his breaches of sovereignty. The invasion of Iraq was a complete disregard for sovereignty as well.
These ideals may seem trite to others but toi me they are the foundation of modern geopolitics and conflict resolution.
It's very easy to make a pretext for war. We sure as hell wouldn't accept India launching a "pre-emptive" war against Pakistan and they actually have a case for self-defense.
It was a flaunting of the very principles we hold others to and we can only count ourselves as fortunate thet the US will be powerful enough in our lifetimes that we will not see such adventurism on our soil.
Such disregard for "inconveniences" like sovereignty are only possible when you hold all the cards. Nobody holds all the cards forever.