by Professor Louis Rene Beres
In the matter of Iranian nuclearization, U.S. President Barack Obama still doesn't get it. Economic sanctions will never work. In
From the standpoint of the
Legal issues are linked here to various strategic considerations. Supported by international law, specifically by the incontestable right of anticipatory self-defense, Prime Minister Netanyahu understands that any preemptive destruction of
Even a single incoming nuclear missile that would manage to penetrate Arrow defenses could kill very large numbers of Israelis.
While Obama and the "international community" still fiddles,
Mr. Obama's "Road Map" notwithstanding, a nuclear war in the
Nuclear war-fighting measures, on the other hand, are called "counterforce" strategies. These are systems of deterrence wherein a country primarily targets its strategic nuclear weapons on the other side's major weapon systems, and on that state's supporting military assets.
There are distinctly serious survival consequences for choosing one strategy over the other.
In choosing between the two basic strategic alternatives,
Should Israeli planners assume that an enemy country "going nuclear" is apt to strike first, and to strike in a limited fashion, holding some measure of nuclear firepower in reserve, Israeli counterforce-targeted warheads could have some damage-limiting benefits. Here, counterforce operations could appear to serve both an Israeli non-nuclear preemption, or, should
To protect itself against a relentlessly nuclearizing
Such a doctrinal termination could permit
No country can be required to participate in its own annihilation. Without a prompt and major change in President Obama's persistently naive attitude toward
Does President Obama really believe that both we and the Israelis can somehow live with a nuclear
This would not be your father's Cold War.
PROFESSOR LOUIS RENE BERES, Professor of Political Science at Purdue, was educated at
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