In Prague on Thursday our president gave up something without receiving anything in return.
For five decades during the Cold War, America’s nuclear arsenal helped keep the peace with the Soviet Union. “MutuallyAssured Destruction” aka MAD was mocked in films like “Dr. Strangelove,” “On the Beach” and “Fail safe,” but it worked. That’s because it served as a credible deterrent. The Soviets knew that if they attacked us, we would retaliate with superior and devastating force.
In what could be the ultimate in Kumbayah wishful thinking, President Obama has said he won’t attack countries without nuclear weapons if they attack us. If we get attacked with chemical or biological weapons, he says we’ll respond with conventional weapons. He says he hopes the Russians and Chinese will make known their nuclear intentions.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighed in on the president’s new nuclear plan in an interview with National Review Online. Giuliani called the president’s nuclear policy the a mark of an “inept” leader intent on living a “left-wing dream.”
This president apparently believes he can do anything, including achieving his goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. North Korea and Iran aren’t getting the message, which is why a reduced nuclear arsenal is not credible, but incredible.
Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated newspaper columnist and a Fox News contributor.
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