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Towards true insecurity, Part II
By Linda A. Prussen-Razzano
Just last month, the Federation of American Scientists, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a report entitled, "Towards True Security: A US Nuclear Posture for the Next Decade." The purpose of the report was to examine our current post-cold war posture, compare it to changes in the World Theater, and adjust America's defense policy to accommodate these changes. Of the nine proposals offered, four have great merit, three are questionable, and the last two (discussed below) are highly questionable.
By far, this is the most questionable recommendation. The CIA and the CRS have already established China's proliferation to non-friendly nations. A national missile defense will, by no means, block a full-scale nuclear assault by an established nuclear power; however, it will act as a deterrent to a rogue nation, an accidental launch, or terrorist group intent on causing immediate harm to Americans on American soil. Further, in all the scenarios listed above, America would be more apt to "absorb" the impact and spare the planet, than to retaliate in full measure. This is little consolation for those poor souls living at or near ground zero.
Given China's inability to abide by non-proliferation treaties and Russia's willingness to provide to a known proliferator, America, in truth, has no guarantee that either country will not increase their nuclear power even without a national missile defense. China, with Russia's assistance, continues to march onward in military empowerment.
On a more personal note, I was ill prepared to die in January of 1995. Those who were, or are, and have little desire to be protected from a rogue nuclear weapon, please feel free to place an "X" on a map marking your address and mail it to the terrorist group of your choice. No doubt, you'll have more than just eight minutes to enjoy your noble gesture. If you choose to be a victim, that is your choice.
I choose a fighting chance.
Linda Prussen-Razzano is an advisory board member and frequent contributor
to Rightgrrl and a columnist for The American Partisan.
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