Two stories appearing next to each other in this morning’s Argus made me wonder: Is it any wonder Iran, North Korea, etc., think they need to develop nuclear weapons or that we have no credibility when it comes to these issues?
At the top of page 3 was an Associated Press article that “the United States lobbied the U.N. atomic watchdog agency Monday to send Iran before the U.N. Security Council for refusing to freeze work that can produce nuclear weapons.” Of course, a significant part of the reason for getting this before the Security Council is to try to obtain international sanctions against Iran.
Immediately below and to the right was a Chicago Tribune article reporting:
Congress this session will take up the question of whether the U.S. should continue its post-Cold War policy of lowering its military nuclear profile or instead embrace a new Bush administration program to research and develop a family of tactical nuclear weapons intended for use against terrorist enclaves and hostile nations.
I certainly don’t condone Iran (or any other state) attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Yet it seems the height of hypocrisy for Bush and crew to preach about the threat of weapons of mass destruction when, faced with an opportunity to reduce the number of nukes, they advocate a policy to develop “better” ones.