Obama Administration Reconsiders "First Use" Policy for Nuclear Weapons http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/obama-administration-reconsiders-first.htmlHowever, US hawks, and allies such as Japan and South Korea have urged the admin to maintain the first strike capacity because they fear the rise of China, which is expected to match US nuclear capabilities in the 2020s.
It appears that the hawks have won again:
David Sanger & William Broad. Sep 5, 2016. Obama Unlikely to Vow No First Use of Nuclear Weapons. The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/science/obama-unlikely-to-vow-no-first-use-of-nuclear-weapons.html?emc=edit_th_20160906&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32962000The idea that "the center cannot hold" keeps circulating in my mind.
President Obama, who has weighed ruling out a first use of a nuclear weapon in a conflict, appears likely to abandon the proposal after top national security advisers argued that it could undermine allies and embolden Russia and China, according to several senior administration officials.
Mr. Obama considers a reduction in the role of nuclear weapons as critical to his legacy. But he has been chagrined to hear critics, including some former senior aides, argue that the administration’s second-term nuclear modernization plans, costing up to $1 trillion in coming decades, undermine commitments he made in 2009.For months, arms control advocates have argued for a series of steps to advance the pledge he made to pursue “a world without nuclear weapons.”
I wonder if all complex human civilizations experience bouts of homicidal psychosis?
I really need to go back and read Freud's Madness and Civilization.