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Posted: 12/11/2002 2:48:53 AM EDT
Saw this on Foxnews. It's good to see a no Bullsh*t attitude like this, but the thought of what might be coming our way concerns me to say the least. coltc. Nukes, 'Overwhelming Force' for Germ or Bio Attackers Wednesday, December 11, 2002 WASHINGTON — In a warning to Iraq and other hostile countries, the United States says it is prepared to use "overwhelming force" — including nuclear weapons — in response to any chemical or biological attack. The threat was contained in a White House document, called the "National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction," to be delivered to Congress on Wednesday. The six-page statement underscores long-standing policy that the United States "reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force — including through resort to all of our options — to the use of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) against the United States, our forces abroad and friends and allies." That passage intends to threaten U.S. nuclear retaliation as a deterrent to hostile governments, said senior administration officials who briefed journalists about the document Tuesday. The officials emphasized that the strategy, developed jointly by national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and homeland security adviser Tom Ridge, is an overall statement of the Bush administration's overarching principles. Its timing, however, coincides with other muscle-flexing by President Bush designed to show Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that the United States is serious about seeing him disarmed. Also on Tuesday, Bush used a private White House meeting with Turkish political leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to press for permission for U.S. troops to use Turkish bases, arguing that such a display of solidarity could persuade Saddam to give up his weapons peacefully. The White House document gathers into one comprehensive whole several doctrines for prevention, deterrence and defense that Bush has enunciated since taking office, including a commitment to boost programs aimed at containing the damage of any chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack. The strategy said some unspecified states that support terrorists already have weapons of mass destruction and seek even more "as tools of coercion and intimidation." "For them, these are not weapons of last resort, but militarily useful weapons of choice intended to overcome our nation's advantages in conventional forces and to deter us from responding to aggression against our friends," the document said. "We must accord the highest priority to the protection of the United States, our forces and our friends and allies" from weapons of mass destruction, it continued. The broadly worded strategy does not speak with any specificity to the priorities it asserts, nor does it assign them any budget numbers. Instead, those details were contained in classified directives, described as "substantial taskings," issued to relevant federal departments a couple of months ago, officials said. The strategy's priorities will be reflected in the new budget Bush submits to Congress in February. LINK: [url]http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,72706,00.html[/url]
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