[thechat] war phase 2

John Handelaar john at userfrenzy.com
Wed Nov 28 04:32:31 CST 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org
> [mailto:thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Ben Henick
> Sent: 27 November 2001 19:56
> To: thechat at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: RE: [thechat] war phase 2
> The United States and the other declared weapons states (prior to 1998)
> including the Russian Republic/USSR have long since made it clear the
> circumstances under which their arsenals would be put to use, namely if
> they themselves are attacked with weapons of mass destruction.  

This was at no point true for the NATO members
at any point after about 1965.  NATO's doctrine
until 1996 was based on something called 'flexible
response'.  Flexible response basically boils
down to this:  When we start to lose at level 1,
we escalate to level 2.  That includes nuclear
weapons at the upper end of the scale.

Most people in the west believe the same thing
you just echoed.  The *fact*, however, is that
we were always, definitely, going to drop it first.

John Handelaar

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