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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Nuclear Preemption: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

Providing even more evidence that the dubya administration is gleefully eager to bring about their own little apocalypse*, The Pentagon is refining a new set of guidelines that would, if enacted as they currently stand, authorize preemptive use of nuclear weapons against an enemy that is using "or intending to use WMD." I remember the good old days, when it was only super villains in comic books and movies who actively plotted to destroy the world.

Also, since the White House has recently proven so good at determining who intends to do what with WMDs, how is the Pentagon even vaguely considering this? Oh yeah, people who say 'no' to dubya don't stick around.

* Any preemptive nuclear strike will, it's probably safe to assume, trigger other preemptive nuclear strikes by any number of countries, probably heralding in a nuclear winter**.

**Of course, dubya et al. may view this as a solution to the global warming in which they do not believe.

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