Friday, October 01, 2004
Bill Hobbs: Kerry Opposes Another Vital Weapons System (Hat tip: LGF)
John Kerry thinks nuclear proliferation - not terrorism - is the greatest security threat facing America. He said so last night. He said President Bush hasn't shown leadership on that issue.
"And part of that leadership is sending the right message to places like North Korea. Right now the president is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to research bunker-busting nuclear weapons. The United States is pursuing a new set of nuclear weapons. It doesn't make sense. You talk about mixed messages. We're telling other people, "You can't have nuclear weapons," but we're pursuing a new nuclear weapon that we might even contemplate using.
Not this president. I'm going to shut that program down, and we're going to make it clear to the world we're serious about containing nuclear proliferation."
John Kerry thinks America having nuclear weapons is akin to terrorists and rogue regimes having them. Think about it. To Kerry, the danger is the bomb itself, not the motives and agendas of the government that is holding it. Thus, a succession of American presidents commanding an arsenal of nuclear weapons as a deterrent against a Soviet missile attack were morally equivalent to the Mad Mullahs of Tehran who have been threatening to obliterate Israel just as soon as they get a nuke.
The truth is, John Kerry's opposition to nuclear bunker busters would make America less safe if he is elected and able to kill the program. But it is entirely consistent with Kerry's anti-military ideology.
Just as he now opposes development of a weapons system that could be crucial to defending America against a WMD attack by terrorists or a rogue regime, two decades ago he was fighting to cancel a series of weapons systems ranging from state-of-the-art combat aircraft to defensive missile systems to battlefield weapons that, all, are being used today by today's American military to wage the War On Terror.