Krauthammer on Obama's Radical Change of U.S. Nuclear Policy: "This is Either Insane or Ridiculous" - Video 4/6/10
Here is video of Charles Krauthammer reacting to President Obama's decision to narrow the conditions under which the United States would use Nuclear Weapons.
"Well, let me tell you the one scenario they brought up explicitly, and that is if the United States is attacked by a country with biological or chemical weapons, under the old policy of every administration for decades, our response is we are going to obliterate that country with a Nuclear response.
That's been the Clinton policy, the Reagan policy - everybody. And now we have a new policy - that if that occurs, before we would retaliate in that way, the White House lawyers would ascertain if that country is in compliance with the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty). And if it is, if it has kept up with its IAEA inspections, it gets immunity from a massive nuclear retaliation. It gets instead, I suppose, a retaliation with TNT and Marines shooting guns.
Now this to me is either insane or ridiculous, I can't decide - I report, you decide. It's ridiculous even in the moral sense. Our assumption of this scenario is that the greatest war crime in history is committed, let's say in Boston, and we're going to look to see if the country is in compliance with IAEA regulations in determiing if it is immunized from a nuclear retaliation or not.
Secondly, and probably more importantly, is the idea that we are not going to use nukes in defending an ally or in deterring an attack on an ally with conventional weapons. We kept the peace in Europe for 50 years, where the Soviets had a huge advantage in tanks and could have occupied Western Europe overnight, because from Kennedy on we had a policy of extended deterrence- You attack with tanks, we retaliate and Moscow disappears. Is it a credible threat - who knows? But the Russians had to worry about. It was our policy from Kennedy on up until Obama, and now it disappears. If you're an ally, what are you going to think about America as your defender, and America as a deterrer of an attack on you."