Regarding the administration’s announcement that it forswears the use of nuclear weapons in retaliation for non-nuclear WMD attacks:
Other than to serve as yet another example of Obama’s moral preening, I’m not sure what this policy is supposed to accomplish. It is one thing to tell another nuclear power, in the interests of stability, “No matter what happens, we don’t want you to be afraid that the U.S. will launch a preemptive first strike that destroys your retaliatory capability. We will therefore renounce the use of nuclear weapons under circumstance X.”
But Obama is telling non-nuclear states (in compliance with the NPT, yada yada) that the U. S. won’t use nuclear weapons against them no matter what they do.
How is this supposed to encourage good behavior? How does it make America safer?
UPDATE: Ace argues this doesn't make any difference because after 9/11 nobody took our deterrent threat seriously anyway.