~e; U.S. nuclear posture preview
Sat, 9 Mar 2002 11:25:57 -0600
[hard to imagine, a few weeks ago there was news about a secret US nuke
war contigency plan that is going to be published by some press, which was
brought about by the FOIA (freedom of info_act) to gain access for the public
overview of government docs and decision making (and the makers of these).
in it, the contingency plan was said to allow for many many causalties, that
something nearing half of the population in the US (180 million
people in 1950s,
about 290 million in 2001) would be fatally injured in some way, and that the
facilities at hand would not be enough to deal with the whole
situation. this idea
has been repeated in other books, such as the known fact that there
_no _civil _defense for the general US population in case of a
even while shadow.govs may have their bunkers in mountains, ala Strangelove.
what is odd about the documents below is that they are from the present day,
and they present a very dark scenario (and strategic posture) indeed. and it
is difficult at once to critique, given the political climate, and
yet to ignore,
as silence often does not get a second or third chance, when things go wrong.
do not know what to say/think/feel about such news. it may be just how the
inner workings of nuclear states are. but at the same time, knowing there is
zero-defense, and making a massive offense, puts one in a quite aggressive
position in case of things going off the edge. which could happen if somehow
the dial on the burner of cultural difference is not turned way way down...
war begets war, and from this, chemical and biological wars beget nuclear.]
U.S. Works Up Plan for Using Nuclear Arms
Military: Administration, in a secret report, calls for a strategy against at
least seven nations: China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya and Syria.
By PAUL RICHTER, Times Staff Writer
March 9, 2002
Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable
A secret policy review of the nation's nuclear policy puts forth chilling
new contingencies for nuclear war.
By WILLIAM M. ARKIN
March 10, 2002
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