Stupid is as stupid does. And treasonous is as treasonous does.
The same people who were running the show during Obama’s first two terms are doubling and tripling down on every destructive policy during the Biden administration. And it’s quickly getting to the point where even the Europeans are pushing the red button.
The other red button.
US allies including Britain, France, and Germany in Europe and Japan and Australia in the Indo-Pacific region have been lobbying US President Joe Biden not to alter existing US nuclear policy to include a “no first use” declaration, The Financial Times reported Friday.
While some allies believe Biden will refrain from alterations to the existing policy, which has not changed much since the end of the Cold War, many are concerned Biden could consider a policy referred to as “sole purpose.”
Any changes that could inhibit the perception that the US would confine itself to the use of nuclear weapons in a prescribed set of circumstances triggers fears among allies that the “nuclear umbrella” of US allies would weaken and “be a huge gift to Russia and China,” in the words of one European official quoted by The Financial Times.
US allies do not want to see the US restrict itself to permitting the use of nuclear weapons only to deter an attack on the US or to retaliate.
Nuclear weapons or virtually any military response requires a certain amount of strategic ambiguity. If you firmly announce that you won’t go to war except under three specific circumstances, you’ve announced to both enemies and allies exactly how far you’re willing to be pushed.
Obviously, we don’t want to launch a nuclear war and we’re not likely to unless we’re about to face a nuclear attack, but announcing that publicly is like huddling in a corner and hoping that nobody else goes into that corner. It’s a weak posture that telegraphs desperation.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said consultations with allies were “essential and ongoing” as the administration wrapped up the nuclear posture review, expected before the end of the year.
Kirby added, “Our US extended deterrence commitments remain strong and credible.”
They’re neither. Obviously. The question is just how weak and implausible they’re going to become under Biden. Just ask the Taliban.