I’ll give the president this. He does NOT like to take the easy way out.
Case in point, today I read that he’s revamping US nuclear weapons strategy to make it less vague. He’s going to move the US towards a policy of a more narrow use of nuclear weapons.
According to this NY Times article online at MSNBC:
the president even has the US not using nuclear weapons in the case of certain biological attacks.
Now I’m no blood-loving hawk and I generally think the less we rely on nukes the better. On the other hand, I’m not some hippy dippie tree hugger who doesn’t believe that we in fact have some enemies that look to hurt us. 9/11 taught us that much.
Mostly, I’m no expert on nuclear weapons as effective deterrents, but I kind of liked a vagueness to our policy. Sure, it’s not the perfect moral policy. But, I do think it helps to keep our enemies a little unsure of what our exact policy is. Why spell out when we wouldn’t use nukes? Isn’t that just asking for trouble?
For all any of us know, this may in fact be the right policy decision. I for, one, was none to comfortable with the last adminstration’s attitude of shooting first and asking questions later.
But, if I’m asking questions then I can only begin to imagine what mileage the talk radio right will be getting out of this.
President Obama’s decision on nuclear policy is debatable. What’s not debatable is that short-term it’s awful politics. It plays right into the hands of the stereotypes the right-wing media loves to dole out.
It wasn’t the easy road. That would have been doing 800 other smaller and non-controversial things. In the president’s mind though, I’m guessing it was the right road.
And so here’s the point. Long wait! I know.
But, if this president is so willing to take on the tough tasks, not take the easy way out, and stay committed to doing what’s right, than I’ve got one last guess about him.
This is probably a man who is faithful to his wife.
Either that or he’s addicted to taking huge risks. Wait, that would be another of my favorite presidents, Bill Clinton.