"A core issue under debate, officials said, is whether the United States should shed its long-standing ambiguity about whether it would use nuclear weapons in certain circumstances, in hopes that greater specificity would give foreign governments more confidence to make their own decisions on nuclear arms.Some in the U.S. argue that the administration should assure foreign governments that it won't use nuclear weapons in reaction to a biological, chemical or conventional attack, but only in a nuclear exchange. Others argue that the United States should promise that it would never use nuclear weapons first, but only in response to a nuclear attack."
It's the last line that gets my non-explosives laden undies in a bunch. We're actually arguing over whether we should formally announce that we won't use nuclear weapons until after someone uses them on us. Nice. Barry must be quite a trusting little fellow to try to negotiate the terms at which we will be attacked. It's not like anyone in history has ever tried a sneak attack to gain some sort of military advantage. I'm sure in BarryBarryLand, a sneak attack would seem quite rude. Maybe he thinks all prospective enemies will submit some kind of form letter delineating how and when we will be attacked so that he can respond appropriately. Anything less neighbourly than that could force Barry to write a very stern letter. And may God help us if it ever comes to that!