Obama To Limit Use Nuclear Arms, Even In Self Defense

In what is no doubt going to become a very controversial decision, The New York Times is reporting that President Obama said Monday that he will revamp American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons, even in self defense.

The report also states the president is carving out an exception for “outliers like Iran and North Korea” that have violated or renounced the main treaty to halt nuclear proliferation.


White House officials said that the new strategy will leave open the option of reconsidering the use of nuclear retaliation against a biological attack, if the development of such weapons reaches a level that makes United States vulnerable to a devastating strike.

Mr. Obama’s new strategy is bound to be controversial, both among conservatives who have warned against diluting America’s most potent deterrent, and among liberals who were hoping for a blanket statement that America would never be the first to use nuclear weapons.

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