The Daily Steve
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
SOME TABOOS ARE WORTHWHILE -- This year's Pentagon budget contains funds to research and develop tactical nuclear weapons. Now, this page is all for strategic nuclear weapons (which deter others from attacking or threatening the U.S.) but tactical nuclear weapons would be used on the battlefield to destroy bunkers or wipe out concentrations of troops or weapons.
Fred Kaplan and Peter Scoblic point out that --
- the mere usage of nuclear weapons, no matter the size or effect, would pretty much destroy any and all non-proliferation efforts and
- the usage of any nuclear weapon would create unacceptable levels of fallout and environmental devastation.
The taboo against the usage of nuclear weapons is a good one, and serves the U.S. long-term interests.