For the first time, the United States is explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launched a crippling cyberattack."Graded options"....is that sort of like all those sanctions that work so well?
Those threats, Mr. Obama argued, could be deterred with “a series of graded options,” a combination of old and new conventional weapons. “I’m going to preserve all the tools that are necessary in order to make sure that the American people are safe and secure,” he said in the interview in the Oval Office.
White House officials said the new strategy would include the option of reconsidering the use of nuclear retaliation against a biological attack, if the development of such weapons reached a level that made the United States vulnerable to a devastating strike.
It sounds to me like he's simply encouraging development of chemical and biological weapons by our enemies, which is, of course, so much easier and cheaper than a nuclear program.
He will, however "reconsider" if "development of such weapons reached a level that made the United States vulnerable to a devastating strike."
This does not fill me with security.
Peace through superior firepower. THAT fills me with security.
(More at Memeorandum)