Preventative war on Iraq was wrong, but suppose the grave threat posed by nuclear weapons had been enough to justify it. Even so, the U.S. surely can’t invoke the that threat to justify a preventative war without taking plausible steps to deal responsibly with its own WMD. I’m not suggesting that the U.S. disarm, or that “rogue” states ought to be treated the same way as the U.S. Still, scotching talks on a biological weapons treaty last year, the aggressive nuclear posture review completed in the fall, the talk of nuclear bunker busters – all this adds up to genuine hypocrisy.
And now, more ominous signs from the Senate.
None of this is going to help. You can’t talk preventative war and at the same time complain that people don’t really believe that you’re going to use your nukes.