By Dr Alan Allport
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Nuclear Missiles Will Always Be a Necessary Weapon of Last Resort The rationale behind nuclear deterrence has a brutal quality to it that makes many people instinctively uncomfortable. Even the name used to describe Cold War deterrence theory, “Mutually Assured Destruction,” has an acronym—MAD—that suggests that only the certifiably insane would support it. S. S. nuclear forces may support these goals in the context of a dynamic strategic environment? S. S. allies and security partners. ú Deter regional powers or an emerging global power from WMD or massive conventional aggression against the United States or its allies.
There do need to be some internationally recognized safeguards to prevent this abuse, perhaps conducted under the auspices of the United Nations. The problem with arbitrarily picking and choosing moments to violate other nations’ state sovereignty, as the United States has tended to do in recent years, is that it creates a dangerous precedent for other powers. This was illustrated in the immediate aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom, when India’s government announced that it, too, reserved the right to conduct a preemptive strike against its longtime rival, Pakistan.
61 62 AMERICAN MILITARY POLICY • Is protecting American citizens from the threat of outside aggression more or less important than providing for their basic needs at home? How do you think the government should spend its money, given the global climate today? S. 2 Have American citizens received value for that money? Can a defense that keeps us on the perpetual brink of apocalyptic war really be described as providing “security” for the United States? As the Doomsday Clock suggests, the potential for this wildly expensive weapons system to precipitate global disaster in a terrifyingly short space of time is ever-present.