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By Marc A Thiessen

""We have served the US via the most consequential sessions of our history...""

President George W. Bush, 2006 country of the Union

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He explained his decision in a speech to the American Legion a month after the Palestinian vote: “It should come as no surprise that after 60 years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East, civil society in that region is not strong and those with the most extreme views are the most organized. It will take time for the people of this region to build political parties and movements that are moderate in their views and capable of competing in a free democratic system.

For decades, our country relied primarily on arms control regimes – such as the ABM Treaty, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and the Biological Weapons Convention – to stop the spread of these weapons. These tools were designed in a different era, when the danger America faced came primarily from a single Cold War adversary that could be deterred by the threat of retaliation. At the start of the 21st century, America faced a very different danger: the growing number of nations, many hostile to America, that were pursuing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and had ties to terrorists.

If a rogue nation shared these weapons with a terrorist network, they could attack America with catastrophic results. And because these terrorist networks have no borders to protect or capital to defend, they would not likely be deterred by the prospect of massive retaliation. To deal with these new dangers, the President made clear after the 9/11 attacks that any nation that harbors or supports terrorists, or shares with them the tools of mass murder, will be held responsible and to account. In December 2007, he approved a new declaratory policy which states: “For many years, it has been the policy of the United States that we reserve the right to respond with overwhelming force to the use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States, our people, our forces, and our friends and allies.

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