Sunday, February 21, 2010

James Baker, from Desert Storm days (1991) encourages nuclear deterrence against "ayatollahs"

Today, former Secretary of State James Baker (from the George H. W. Bush administration when it conducted Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991) appeared on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS program on CNN. Baker encouraged Obama to adopt resume a strategic nuclear posture, and warn states like Iran and North Korea that he would be willing to use nuclear weapons if necessary. Our enemies “would not like this” he said. But he did not explain how this would help out with non-state actors lik Al Qaeda or even tribal facilitators like the Taliban.

“Deterrence can be effective. It was effective for 40 years against the Soviet Union. I’m not sure it wouldn’t be effective against these ayatollahs.”

There are recent reports that Iran is about to test a nuclear warhead.

Zakaria also interviewed a foreign minister from Yemen, who indicated that Al Qaeda has gradually shifted many operations there from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past ten years, especially starting with the USS Cole bombing in 2000.

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