White House Guidance Created New Nuclear Strike Plans Against Proliferators, Document Shows
WASHINGTON DC -- The 2001 Nuclear Posture Review and White House guidance issued in response to the terrorist attacks against the United States in September 2001 led to the creation of new nuclear strike plans against regional states seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction, according to a military planning document obtained by the Federation of American Scientists.
Rumors about such plans have existed for years, but the document is the first authoritative evidence that fear of weapons of mass destruction attacks from outside Russia and China caused the Bush administration to broaden U.S. nuclear targeting policy by ordering the military to prepare for nuclear strikes against regional proliferators.
The new strike options are a surprise because they were incorporated into the main U.S. nuclear war plan rather than attached as supporting options to regional war plans.
The addition of new strike options directed against regional states contradicts statements by government officials who have insisted that the Nuclear Posture Review decreased the role of nuclear weapons.
A copy of the document and additional information is available here.