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pre-emptive first use of nuclear weapons

Vector: vyoma

Link: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/12/07/MNG5Q3GH941.DTL

Nutshell: Congress gives quiet okay to Bush administration's program to re-vamp the nuclear arsenal. Bush and company want smaller weapons that can be used strategically and they won't rule out pre-emptive first strikes against non-nuclear states. Warfare don't get much more asymmetrical than that.

Snippet:
To deter those threats, the administration is seeking a new stockpile of both some Cold War-era warheads and new, smaller weapons that can be used for limited attacks and for destroying caches of weapons of mass destruction, especially in buried bunkers, without causing indiscriminate destruction and loss of life. It has also proposed a policy of possible pre-emptive first use of nuclear weapons in emergencies, even against non-nuclear states.

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