WASHINGTON â€” The United States is declaring that it will pull out all the stops and use any means necessary â€” including nuclear weapons â€” against Iraq or other hostile countries in response to a chemical or biological attack.
The threat to use "overwhelming force" if the U.S. or its allies are attacked is included in the White House's six-page "National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction," to be delivered to Congress on Wednesday.
The United States "reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force â€” including through resort to all of our options â€” to the use of WMD [weapons of mass destruction] against the United States, our forces abroad and friends and allies," the statement reads.
The implicit threat of U.S. nuclear retaliation is a deterrent to hostile governments, said senior administration officials who briefed journalists about the document Tuesday.
I'm not sure this is the best way to defend ourselves against terrorists. They seek to use the innocent as a shield. This may be a cowards way of fighting, but when you're a small group against a larger opponent then it's probably their only choice, apart from anhilation. So, how do we defend ourselves against this type of threat? These statements are good for political pressure, but if you use them you will have more enemies than before. The only way to break down their separate groups working in co-operation is to infiltrate them and form your own groups to work with theirs. When they find they can't trust each other they become too isolated to perform efficiently and effectively. This is CIA territory not nuclear war. They need to keep their ears to the ground at the mosques. That's where they meet, pick up recruits and boast to one another. The Imams preach their plans there to take over the whole of Africa and set up Islamic states in every country, eventually taking them all over either through polotics or by force. They don't believe in freedom of religion, so why do they demand freedom to teach their bondage which is against the constitution?