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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

PaleoCon Plan for Proliferation

We have all heard Bush's argument about spreading Democracy. He believes that proliferation is inevitable and that a more permanent solution to combat the use of WMD on America in the future is to change the nature of the governments who would use them (along with trying to stop the proliferation). I happen to agree with this argument, which is why I support the democracy project in the middle-east.

Paleocons oppose this argument. However, I have never heard the Paleocon plan for dealing with the proliferation of nuclear weapons other than the threat of retaliation..."If you touch us we will nuke all of you." This is a bad plan.

What is the Paleocon plan..... Hmmmm

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

"Peace through strength." Worked for Reagan.

Did you see Reagan swarming the troops into the Soviet Union, pounding them into democratic submission?

No. He built up our weaponry, improved our military technology and said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." And the wall, as the story goes, came a-tumblin' down.

12:13 PM, March 21, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Yes, I remember. We may be able to look to Reagan and the cold war in our dealings with China.

However, our more immediate problem lies with proliferation of nukes by terror and failed states. I'm not sure if peace through strength works in this case.

Another question is after you have promulgated a paleocon response to the question above, you need to ask yourself if you would actually hope that such a plan be implemented.

12:28 PM, March 21, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Even jamming democracy down the throats of these little nation-states is not going to erase the threat of rogue nucular, um, nuclear proliferation.

We need to place blame where it belongs. If Russia is exporting enriched uranium to Iran, let's have sanctions against Russia. And so forth.

Friendly Middle Eastern nations should be policing their own corner of the world as well, though that will meet with limited success.

Leveling sanctions is our most powerful weapon, as I see it.

1:00 PM, March 21, 2006  

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