If there was one thing the left liked to rage about in the 1970’s, it was the policy of MAD, or mutually assured destruction. The general idea was this: the US and Russia built up their nuclear weapons forces to the point that if one started a war, they would both be totally destroyed. Insane, right? Who would want to outlaw shields so any hand to hand combat always resulted in death for both parties?
The language in the preamble, which the United States has agreed to as part of the essential circumstances related to New START and is at least morally and politically bound to honor, establishes a logic that requires that the U.S. reduce the capabilities of its missile defense systems as the Russians reduce their strategic nuclear forces. The purpose of the reduction in U.S. missile defense capabilities, in the language of the preamble, is to preserve the “viability and effectiveness” of the Russian strategic nuclear force.
Unlike Article V, this is not a narrow and limited restriction. Rather, it is a very broad restriction that is designed to drive U.S. missile defense capabilities to ever lower levels.
Mr. Obama, the coldly logical, hard left peacenik? One of the members of the left who so coyly and strongly said MAD was insane? He’s now telling the US to remove its protections against nuclear attacks to assure the Russians that we mean them no harm?
This is nothing short of MAD.