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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Russia Reserves Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike Right

From Reuters last month (and overlooked/omitted by the moronic/corrupt US mainstream media):

Russia reserves pre-emptive nuclear strike right
Tue Oct 13, 2009
2:46pm EDT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia in a new review of its policy on use of nuclear weapons will reserve the right to undertake a pre-emptive strike if it feels its security is endangered, a senior Kremlin official told a Russian newspaper.

Russian and U.S. negotiators are in talks to find agreement on a new bilateral pact cutting stocks of strategic nuclear weapons. Both sides are working to a December deadline for a new treaty to replace the landmark Cold War-era START pact.

While Moscow and Washington have made progress in strategic nuclear arms talks, Russia's security may come under threat from regional conflicts and local wars, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Kremlin's powerful Security Council, said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper to be published on Wednesday.

Russia was revising its military doctrine to include new terms of use of its nuclear forces, he said, adding that President Dmitry Medvedev, who chairs the Security Council, would be presented with the new doctrine by the end of the year.

"Conditions of using nuclear weapons to repel an aggression with the use of conventional weapons not only in a large-scale but also in a regional and even local war have been revised," he said, without naming these conditions.

"Moreover, different variants are considered to allow the use of nuclear weapons depending on a certain situation and intentions of a would-be enemy. In conditions critical for national security one should not also exclude a preventive nuclear strike on the aggressor."

Russia's current doctrine says the "most important task is to be able to deter, including with the use of nuclear weapons, an aggression of any scale against Russia and its allies."

As Russia's conventional troops lack modern equipment and undergo a painful reform aimed to cut their numbers and create professional armed forces, Moscow relies heavily on its formidable arsenal of nuclear weapons.

The Kremlin prided itself on defeating tiny neighbor Georgia in a five-day war in August 2008. But many Russia watchers are skeptical that Moscow would be able to defeat with the same ease a larger and stronger nation.

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov)

Pravda covered the story as well.

There's a quote from the Reuters story worth considering:

"In conditions critical for national security one should not also exclude a preventive nuclear strike on the aggressor."

Anyone remember the kerfuffle over "no first use" back in the Eighties?

How about the fundamental assumption that the United States should absorb a first strike by the Soviets -- be it a "bolt from the blue" or part of a general escalation stemming from a European or Middle Eastern war -- before committing its strategic nuclear assets?

Assuming one is truly faced with an existential threat posed by a ruthless enemy, what is the utility of telling that adversary, as "no first use" advocates advise, that he can have a free hand in the timing and execution of the first wave of mass murder?

The question is much more than academic.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.


Blogger Luke said...

Dosen' our gunverment reserve the "right" to wage pre-emptive war -including the "nuclear option"- on anyone, anywhere on the slimmest of (manufactured) pretexts?

What's good for the goose...

November 6, 2009 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

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November 6, 2009 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

I actually don't have a problem with pre-emptive attack theory.

It is more rational and in keeping with actual human behavior that the cloudcuckooland assumed by the "no first use" crowd:

"We'll forswear the use of our most terrible weapons, so fair play dictates that you must do the same."

Or better yet:

"Americans fight fairly, and don't engage in sneak attacks."

Lack of will and the mewling of weakness not only do not deter Evil, but in fact encourage it.

November 6, 2009 at 4:39 AM  

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