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In its new National Defense Strategy, the Pentagon left room for nuclear action in response to non-nuclear attacks. Let’s pray.

From Bloomberg. The Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy rejected limits on using nuclear weapons long championed by arms control advocates and in the past by President Joe Biden.

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Citing burgeoning threats from China and Russia, the Defense Department said in the document released Thursday that “by the 2030s the United States will, for the first time in its history face two major nuclear powers as strategic competitors and potential adversaries.” In response, the US will “maintain a very high bar for nuclear employment” without ruling out using the weapons in retaliation to a non-nuclear strategic threat to the homeland, US forces abroad or allies.

Biden pledged in his 2020 presidential campaign to declare that the US nuclear arsenal should be used only to deter or retaliate against a nuclear attack, a position blessed by progressive Democrats and reviled by defense hawks. The threat environment has changed dramatically since then, and the Pentagon strategy was forged in cooperation with the White House.

The nuclear report that’s part of the broader strategy said the Biden administration reviewed its nuclear policy and concluded that “No First Use” and “Sole Purpose” policies “would result in an unacceptable level of risk in light of the range of non-nuclear capabilities being developed and fielded by competitors that could inflict strategic-level damage” to the US and allies. …

President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have openly raised the possibility of using nuclear weapons in their invasion of Ukraine. But on Thursday, Putin said Russia only gave “hints” in response to repeated US and European discussion of a possible nuclear conflict. “We don’t need a nuclear strike on Ukraine — there is no point, either military or political,” Putin told an audience of foreign policy analysts outside Moscow. …

Hypersonic Weapons

The nuclear strategy document didn’t spell out what non-nuclear threats could produce a US nuclear response, but current threats include hypersonic weapons possessed by Russia and China for which the US doesn’t yet have a proven defense.

It did spell out, however, in the strongest terms, what would happen to another nuclear power, North Korea, if it launched a nuclear attack on the US, South Korea or Japan. That action “will result in the end of that regime,” it said. US nuclear weapons continue to play a role in deterring North Korean attacks. …

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(Excerpt from Bloomberg. Photo Credit: Kilian Karger on Unsplash)

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Jessica Renshaw
October 31, 2022

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are “weapons which can kill or harm multitudes of people and/or cause significant damage to natural or artificial structures.” On July 7, 2017, by international agreement, the UN adopted a treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide, adding them to other WMD: biological, chemical, and radiological.

Nuclear weapons are uniquely barbaric in that they not only destroy targets they are intended for but irradiate whole populations of innocent individuals for generations. Our country, the only country to drop nuclear bombs–two of them–on human beings, killed thousands instantly and up to 450,000 people total, counting the deaths from radiation sickness and cancers every year since then. They should be rendered unthinkable and off the table as first strikes OR responses.

Jessica Renshaw, Author, The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat, Amazon, 2017

Gary Anderson
October 31, 2022

We are God’s arms,feet and mouth to this world. What we do has consequences, good or bad. So, we need to pray for God’s will to be done. So continue to pray, vote and listen to His voice. God bless. Amen!!

Elaine D
October 31, 2022

New? It’s the same. It said “deterrence” or “response” which translates to both “before” and “after”.
No change.


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