Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Defending The Indefensible
The German Government is trying to present the continuation of American nuclear bases in Europe as being in America's defensive interest.
But defence against what, exactly?
With Turkey in NATO, indeed very largely the point of it, the damage is already done.
If there were any Russian threat, however, then Sweden and Finland would see any need to be in NATO, and the Baltic States would spend anything much at all on defence.
They do not believe for one second that they are under any existential threat, whatever they may say.
If they did, then they would spend on defence in the style of Israel or Cuba.
And if there is no Russian threat to them, then there is certainly none to us, never mind to the United States.
In any case, in this age of cyberwarfare, nuclear weapons are obsolete.
If you can take down the power supply to London or Moscow merely by hacking into a computer, then who needs a nuke as a weapon, and what good is it as a deterrent?