Weighing the Nuclear Option in Iraq

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Since the atomic bombing of Japan, America has led the world in insisting that a nuclear weapon should never be used again except to retaliate against use by another country. In 1991, Secretary of State James Baker reportedly -hinted- about nuclear retaliation if Iraq used chemical or biological weapons. Now, it-s said that the Bush Pentagon is planning for possible -first use- to stop Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction or to penetrate targets buried deep under ground. Though critics call that a lowering of the threshold that-s -potentially catastrophic- worldwide, supporters say it-s really nothing new. We weigh the nuclear option with non-proliferation experts, former members of Defense Department and the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Competitiveness, and the military affairs analyst who recently broke the story in the Los Angeles Times.
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President Bush-s meeting with Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi

Arkins' LA Times article

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Non-Proliferation Treaty

United Nations

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Warren Olney