Bush’s recent “National Security Report” discusses the “pre-emptive war strategy” which allows him to engage in wars of “self-offense.” Parsed out, there are two precepts to the “Bush Doctrine” in foreign policy:
1) I will invade a country based on my whims, demons, anxieties, and insecurities if someone looks at me wrong whether military action promotes the security and well-being of America or not. I will invade based on lies and distortions that I will repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat. I will spill any blood and spend any bullion in the name of my invasion without regard to the consequences.
2) I will not invade a country that possesses nuclear weapons.
The Bush doctrine is counter-productive and ultimately suicidal. His avowed war aims compel other countries to commit all of their resources to the development of nuclear weapons. North Korea is not a target because it has some nascent and is developing more nuclear weapons. Iran is a target because it does not yet have nuclear weapons. (Iran is not helping its case with the aggressive rhetoric.) Bush’s repudiation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty removes some legal limits on nuclear proliferation. The Bush Doctrine is a Nuclear Proliferation Act.
Reagan understood the insanity of a nuclear war. Bush is committed to starting one.