September 21, 2002

Operation Pre-emptive Retribution

Some new Quicker-Butt-Kicker things are in the works. Stay tuned next week for details. From the Financial Times:

Bush unveils first-strike US security strategy

The White House on Friday set out a muscular US foreign policy, signalling its willingness to launch pre-emptive military strikes against perceived dangers posed by tyrant states and terrorist networks.

[...] "America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones," the strategy paper said. "As a matter of common sense and self-defence, America will act against such emerging threats before they are fully formed."

[...] The strategy questions the "lingering distrust" of what it calls "key Russian elites" towards the US, as well as Russia's "dubious record in combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction". It criticises China's leaders for "pursuing advanced military capabilities" and failing to make "the next series of fundamental choices about the character of their state".

Er...Russia? China? We'll kick yours, too. And maybe within 45 minutes from the time you piss us off, via our (soon to come?) suborbital bombers. Yeah. Three quarters of an hour and you're toast.

I'm sorry. This doesn't make me feel safer. A hairier hair trigger and a shoot-from-the-hip mentality in high places seems like a bad combination to me. But whadda I know. I just live here.

Posted by fred1st at September 21, 2002 06:42 AM
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