Thursday, March 05, 2009

A nuclear umbrella?

Our quote of the day comes from McClatchy news service, and former advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski:

"A U.S. nuclear umbrella would re-emphasize the importance of deterrence. I think we have, to some extent, lost sight of the relevance of our very extensive experience with nuclear deterrence. It has worked. It worked with the Stalinist regime, which was ominous, tyrannical and murderous. It worked with the Chinese, whose leaders talked about a nuclear war not being so serious because it would only kill 300 million people. The Indians and the Pakistanis have managed to deter each other, knock on wood, so far."

Gosh, I can't recall when I last heard the word "deterrence" used with such vigor since, oh, I dunno, the days of Ronald Reagan. And, it would be one helluva storm if we allowed any more countries under our so-called nuclear umbrella.

If we're expecting peace to trickle down, like prosperity, we're in a heap of trouble.

Besides, who needs all that non-proliferation stuff. It's so decadent!