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IRAQ WAR CABAL HAD PLANS TO EMPLOY MINI-NUKES SINCE "BUSH 41" (english)
25 Feb 2003
An ongoing review of the genesis of the new Bush Administration doctrine of preemptive first-strike use of nuclear weapons, exposed recently in a series of news leaks, reveals that the policy had its origin in the same Wolfowitz-Libby-Khalilzad defense policy review, dating back to the 1991-92 period of the immediate aftermath of Operation Desert Storm.
Feb. 22, (EIRNS)--WAR PARTY HAS BEEN WORKING ON PREEMPTIVE USE OF
MINI-NUKES SINCE `BUSH 41.' An ongoing review of the genesis of
the new Bush Administration doctrine of preemptive first-strike
use of nuclear weapons, exposed recently in a series of news
leaks, reveals that the policy had its origin in the same
Wolfowitz-Libby-Khalilzad defense policy review, dating back to
the 1991-92 period of the immediate aftermath of Operation Desert Storm.

In a 1993 article, published in {The Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists}, titled ``Nuclear Junkies: Those Lovable Little
Bombs,'' William M. Arkin warned that, immediately after the Gulf
War of 1991, a ``new constituency'' emerged: ``nuclear zealots
intent on developing a new generation of small nuclear weapons
designed for waging wars in the Third World.''

In an April 30, 1991 report,
nuclear scientists at Los Alamos floated the idea of
a new generation of mini-nuclear weapons. By October 1991, the
Reed Panel, chaired by former Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed,
recommended to the Strategic Air Command that the mission for
nuclear weapons should be expanded to include use against non-nuclear foes.

The Air Force took the lead, soon afterwards,
launching ``Project PLYWD'' (``Precision Low-Yield Weapons
Design'') to pursue ``credible option to counter the employment
of nuclear weapons by Third World nations.'' On Dec. 17, 1991,
scientists from Los Alamos and Livermore briefed a joint session
of the Defense Science Board and the Defense Policy Board on the mini-nuke idea.

The proposal for deploying mini-nukes was publicly floated
by two Los Alamos scientists, Thomas Dowler and Joseph Howard
III, in an article published in the Fall 1991 issue of Strategic
Review, under the provocative title, ``Countering the Threat of
the Well-armed Tyrant: A Modest Proposal for Small Nuclear
Weapons,'' which called for the development of three types of new
nuclear bombs, ``mini-nukes,'' ``micro-nukes'' and ``tiny-nukes.''

It all came together in the now infamous Dick Cheney Defense
Department 1992 document, ``Defense Strategy for the 1990s: The
Regional Defense Strategy,'' which endorsed the development of
non-strategic nuclear weapons for theater use:

``In the decade ahead,
we must adopt the right combination of deterrent forces,
tactical and strategic ... to mitigate risk from weapons of mass
destruction and their means of delivery, whatever the source. For
now this requires retaining ready forces for a survivable nuclear
deterrent, including tactical forces. In addition, we must
complete needed force modernization and upgrades.''

The same Cheney-Wolfowitz-Libby document, that first floated
the idea of preemptive war against any potential future military
adversary, fully embraced the idea of the use of nuclear weapons
against so-called ``Third World tyrants.''

It's therefore not surprising that the same crew,
back in power again, is toying
with the idea of using nuclear weapons against Saddam Hussein and
Iraq, according to recent news accounts of the war planning.
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