By Derek D. Smith
Confronted with America's army superiority, many nations are turning to guns of mass destruction (WMD) as a way to discourage usa intervention. in spite of the fact that, the occasions of September eleven woke up the USA to a point of vulnerability it had by no means skilled ahead of, making it more and more unwilling to tolerate such guns within the fingers of risky and unpredictable regimes. via theoretical, old, and prescriptive lenses, this ebook explores the trendy defense hindrance created by means of the dual fears of yank encroachment and vulnerability which shape a vicious cycle of lack of confidence that demanding situations conventional notions of deterrence. utilizing Iraq and North Korea as case experiences, Smith argues that the us may have to re-examine its overseas coverage ideas opposed to WMD proliferation, giving renewed awareness to protecting measures, negotiated disarmament, interdiction, and maybe preemption.
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Spring 2003): 53–79. deterrence theory and its flaws 31 Essentially, the authority to carry out a deterrent threat is placed down the chain of command, usually out of a fear of the destruction of command/control links and the desire to shore up credibility by increasing the likelihood that there will be retaliation even should such an attack be successful. Shockingly, unknown to most observers, this strategy nearly led to the outbreak of war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Recently released documents reveal that a Soviet submarine commander was on the verge of launching a nuclear-tipped torpedo in response to the American depth charges that were seeking to force him to the surface.
1 56 Rhodes, Power and MADness, 155. (spring 2003): 53–79. deterrence theory and its flaws 31 Essentially, the authority to carry out a deterrent threat is placed down the chain of command, usually out of a fear of the destruction of command/control links and the desire to shore up credibility by increasing the likelihood that there will be retaliation even should such an attack be successful. Shockingly, unknown to most observers, this strategy nearly led to the outbreak of war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
23, no. 2 (spring 1995): 42 (italics in the original). 93 Millenarian regimes More troubling still is the potential that certain regimes will want to carry out WMD attacks regardless of whether their vital interests are threatened. Brad Roberts opines, “Proliferation may put strategic weapons in the hands of messianic leaders seeking to wage wars of ethnic or religious righteousness against what they perceive to be a corrupt, secular world . ”94 Millenarian states and religious fanatics might seek destruction for its own sake, lashing out against America and its allies in retribution or to serve some higher end.
Deterring America: Rogue States and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction by Derek D. Smith