Dan Plesch is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, a British defense and security think-tank. He has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times, the Observer, Tribune, the Washington Post and the Washington Times.
For America’s allies, the new Bush Doctrine of attacking people before they attack us, known as “first strike,” is another example of a bull-in-a-china shop approach to world affairs.
President Bush and his Republican colleagues should be congratulated for their call to end our vulnerability to nuclear weapons and to reach beyond cold war policies. The key question is: how should we end this vulnerability.