Full Spectrum Dominance.
Perhaps we ought not to feel surprise at
the attempt by the
This natural tendency to take whatever your power enables you to take has come into question only in very recent times – a consideration forced upon us (perhaps reluctantly) by the invention of weapons so powerful that they can no longer be safely used. War has become out of date, but the realisation has not yet dawned on modern contenders for Alexander’s soubriquet. So while we can deplore today’s sole superpower’s attempts at global dominance, we can at least understand it. The barbarians of the past thought in exactly the same way.
Such thoughts are generated by the new
The new doctrine breaks fresh and dangerous
ground. As if our existing militarised
world bristling with Armageddon weapons were not enough, this draft takes a
step further. It advocates use of
nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear adversary for the first time. Part of the deal that has persuaded
non-nuclear states to remain so, was the promise in the Non Proliferation
Treaty that states possessing these ultimate weapons would never use them
against a non-nuclear state. The new
idea is that in the (amazingly unlikely) event of the United States of America
being threatened by a state possessing only conventional weapons, the US should
feel free to use its nuclear arsenal.
This is the main argument, though of course the door is opened for the
The new concept involves reducing the power of nuclear weapons, so that they can be used to obliterate designated targets, rather than whole cities. Nuclear weapons are no longer to be regarded as a deterrent, which has been long the excuse for them, but as a useful battlefield weapon. Field commanders will be given permission to use nukes against factories or installations believed to house weapons of mass destruction. So in future, in a world dominated by the sole superpower, the ‘intelligence’ of the kind that resulted in the invasion of Iraq will result in annihilation of suspected obstacles, after which it will of course be impossible to determine if there really were weapons of mass destruction or anything else in the targets.