The Washington Times reports that President Joe Biden and his administration just made a quiet change to the U.S.'s defense strategy that could significantly undermine the country's nuclear deterrent.
The change was found in the latest release of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).
This is the document in which the DOD clarifies the role that nuclear weapons will play in the U.S.'s Defense strategy. The first NPR was released in 1994, and it has been updated three times, in 2002, 2010, and 2018.
All NPRs through 2018 included language that stated the United States will use its nuclear arsenal as a "hedge against an uncertain future." The point of the hedging language, according to the 2018 NPR, was to protect against unanticipated risks as well as to bolster deterrence.
The Biden administration, however, in the latest NPR, has eliminated this language. And now, experts cited by the Times are indicating that this could have dire consequences.
The outlet, for example, quotes "nuclear policy analysts" as saying that "the change in language could result in the elimination of hundreds of stored nuclear weapons."
"Defense sources" further explained to the Times that this, in turn, will undermine efforts to reach arms control accords and weaken deterrence against unanticipated nuclear threats."
A "senior Pentagon official," however, tried to push back against this criticism. The official is quoted as saying that the U.S. "will not undertake unilateral reductions in nuclear forces outside a robust arms control framework."
The senior official added, "the NPR provides a clear-eyed assessment of Russia and China's nuclear programs and recognizes that there are limits to reducing reliance on nuclear weapons in the current security environment."
Be that as it may, this important change to the NPR comes as America's top enemies, including China and Russia, have continued to increase their weapons arsenals, including their nuclear weapons arsenal.
China and Russia have to be salivating at the prospect of the U.S. potentially destroying, incapacitating, or otherwise weakening its nuclear weapons arsenal.
From day one, just about every move that Biden and his administration have made has weakened the United States. This latest change to the NPR only continues that trend. Under Biden, America has only grown weaker, and its enemies, stronger.