Don’t worry. There’s a section about you. It’s called ‘collateral damage.’
First, the Bush regime screwed up the response to the 9/11 disaster by lying about Iraq and launching a pre-emptive invasion. Then it turned Iraq into a long-term disaster. Then it screwed up the pre-emptive planning for hurricanes such as Katrina. Then it made that disaster worse.
What’s next? Pre-emptive nuclear strikes?
Walter Pincus laid it out in Sunday’s Washington Post:
Pincus does a fine job of detailing the Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations, written under the direction of General Richard “Quag” Myers. And here we thought Myers was spending too much of his time leading USO tours of celebrities.
Not that we’re going to start launching nukes against everyone. Or are we? Pincus noted:
Does that mean Iraq? Guess not. Pincus continued:
I’m going to go ahead and press the red button to launch some nukes against those characters who sent anthrax through our mails. Who were they? I forget.
Seriously — very seriously — one of the most chilling parts of the document wasn’t mentioned by Pincus. It’s subparagraph “f)” on page II-7: “Nuclear Collateral Damage.” Here’s its first sub-subparagraph:
Good, it’s “not unlawful.”
Luckily, the document urges that such collateral damage be held to some sort of minimum, though it doesn’t say what that would be:
Pincus noted that the document isn’t yet complete. Considering that the Bush regime is constantly surprised, befuddled, and way behind in its planning, that’s no surprise to us, especially the graphic (shown above) that talks of a “transition to post-conflict operations.” Is that what we’re doing right now in Iraq? Or in New Orleans? Anyway, here’s some good background from Pincus:
At a White House briefing that year, a spokesman said the United States would “respond with overwhelming force” to the use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States, its forces or allies, and said “all options” would be available to the president.
The draft, dated March 15, would provide authoritative guidance for commanders to request presidential approval for using nuclear weapons, and represents the Pentagon’s first attempt to revise procedures to reflect the Bush preemption doctrine. A previous version, completed in 1995 during the Clinton administration, contains no mention of using nuclear weapons preemptively or specifically against threats from weapons of mass destruction.
The unclassified document was discovered on the Pentagon website by Hans M. Kristensen, whom Pincus described as a consultant to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Kristensen was quoted as saying:
You can say that again, brother. And you’d better hurry and say it again before we all get atomized.
Bill Clinton just wanted to get blown. These crazy fuckers in the Bush krewe want to blow everybody else — up. And with nuclear bombs. Considering the current administration’s track record, there is a certain logic to it. If the world is destroyed, there won’t be any investigations.