On many occasions over the past few years, including innumerable campaign appearances and three State of the Union addresses, the president of the United States has looked the American people in the eye and assured them that because of his policies, “There are no more nuclear missiles pointed at any children in the United States.”
For President Clinton, the truth of this statement probably depends on what the meaning of “are” is.
But for the rest of us, it is imperative that we recognize the president’s statement for the dangerous lie that it is. The tiny shred of truth out of which Clinton has woven this politically useful lie is a meaningless, post-Cold War agreement between Russia and the United States to stop targeting one another’s cities. But even if Russia’s government were not in a state of near dissolution, the stark military reality is that U.S. intelligence services simply have no way of telling what targets Russia’s leaders have actually chosen for their nuclear warheads. In any event, it would take only 15 seconds for Russian commanders to retarget any of their hundreds of strategic missiles tipped with multiple nuclear warheads our way once again.
More importantly, by every military index available, the Russians are in fact energetically planning for the possibility of future nuclear war with the United States. And they are not alone. Thanks to technology transfers courtesy of the Clinton administration, China and North Korea are also armed with long-range missiles capable of reaching the American mainland, and neither of those countries are parties to our non-targeting agreement with Russia. According to a recent CIA report, 13 of China’s 18 nuclear warheads are known to be aimed at American cities. Nevertheless, after six years of tenacious, dedicated opposition by the Clinton administration to the Strategic Defense Initiative, America has almost no protection against incoming missiles and no prospect of deploying a new system for many years to come.
Meanwhile, the post-Cold War world is a dangerous place, and our potential adversaries are more numerous and less predictable than during the Cold War itself. But, as documented by the veteran military reporter Bill Gertz in his disturbing new book “Betrayal,” the Clinton administration remains in virtual denial of these dangers: