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"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Monday, January 19, 2004

The Belmont Club 

...has a superb short on the collapse of Nuclear Non-Proliferation in the January 19th issue. In short, despite all the carrots and sticks used by American administrations going back to 1976, Pakistan pursued a relentless program to develop nuclear fission devices. Further, Wretchard indicates that there will be little to stop other nations from developing nuclear weapons in future. Pakistan has already assisted both Iran and Saudi Arabia in the pursuit of nuclear devices, and the latter two appear to have decided to join the nuclear club, with all that entails.

For American planners, the future is clear. Arms treaties with old Russia are a relic of the postwar world, when the nations were split into two opposing camps, with the Nonaligned standing on the sidelines. In a world in which small, resentful nations filled with grievances and old hatreds arm themselves with nuclear weapons, I cannot see how the United States does anything less than reinvigorate Strategic Command. During this process, weapons planners should endeavor to produce smaller, more accurate, and more lethal delivery systems that can be used against any nation on earth. Further, I believe that war planners will see anew the virtue of the manned bomber system of delivery-they can be recalled and give time for diplomacy to resolve a problem.

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