Iran and the Rogues: America's Nuclear Obsession

September 2005
Defense Monitor;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p1
The article discusses the U.S. concerns related to the possession of nuclear weapons by rogue states such as Iran and North Korea . Nuclear weapons are supposedly making a comeback after fading from prominence following the end of the Cold War. Nukes are seen as assuming newfound significance as the rogue states Iran and North Korea move closer to acquiring them, and as the United States looks to its own nuclear arsenal for a solution. It seems as though a rather volatile new situation has descended on the world, but history tells a different story. Now that the U.S.-Soviet nuclear rivalry has become the side-show, the U.S. nuclear planners enjoy new license to conceive scenarios for using U.S. nukes against the rogue states and China. The U.S. planners simply assumed the extreme worst-case for both the capabilities and the intentions of the inscrutable and angry regimes in Iran and elsewhere.


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