As you can see from the below FNC article, President Obama will soon tell the world that if we are attacked by biological or chemical weapons, we will not respond with nuclear force. This will only invite such attacks and marks another path along appeasement that will far dwarf that of the Clinton Administration which, as we know, led to 9/11.
Once I stop sputtering from indignation, I will begin posting some thoughts on the President's foreign policy.
The Obama administration is locking up the country's nuclear weapons for all but the most "extreme circumstances," pledging in a new policy not to develop new nuclear weapons and to limit the use of the ones in storage -- even for self defense.
The new strategy stops short of declaring the United States will never be the first to launch a nuclear attack. But officials said the goal is to move toward a policy where the "sole purpose" of nuclear weapons is to deter or respond to a nuclear attack.
And Obama, in an interview with The New York Times, said his administration is committing not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states that are following international treaty agreements, even if they attack with biological or chemical weapons.
Obama, fresh off the announcement of agreement with Russia to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles, said he would make an exception for "outliers like Iran and North Korea" in revamping the United States' nuclear strategy.
Gordon Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World," called the policy a "dramatic departure" and said it will work only if other nuclear states follow the U.S. lead.
"We could end up in sort of a ... situation of strategic inferiority, because everyone else is improving and we're not doing anything," he said.
But with the new approach, Obama sees the United States leading by example in efforts to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons and eventually make them obsolete, he told the Times, signaling a clear break with his predecessors on the issue.
Instead, threats could be dealt with by "a series of graded options," he said, combining old and new conventional weapons.
"I'm going to preserve all the tools that are necessary in order to make sure that the people are safe and secure," Obama told the Times.
The Obama administration plans to urge Russia to return to the bargaining table following Senate ratification of the new START arms reduction treaty, to be signed by Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on Thursday.
The White House hopes to overcome Russia's expressed reluctance to move beyond START, especially if it means cutting Moscow's arsenal of tactical, or short-range nuclear arms.
These so-called theater nuclear weapons play a key role in Russia's overall defense strategy and are regarded in Moscow as an important bargaining chip on security issues.
The timing of a planned U.S. push for new, broader arms talks with Russia is uncertain. But officials said the proposal would come only after U.S. and Russian legislative approval of the new START pact, which isn't expected until the end of this year.
The Russian parliament is almost certain to sign off on any deal negotiated by the Kremlin, but the U.S. Senate's ratification of the new START treaty is far from a sure thing.
Obama is hosting dozens of world leaders in a nuclear security summit in Washington next week. One senior administration official told the Associated Press that the U.S. wants another round of talks between the White House and the Kremlin that would include so-called "non-deployed" nuclear weapons -- the thousands of warheads on both sides that are held in reserve and not ready for immediate use.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.