|Allies Strike Back|
Chronology: All time shown below are approximate Eastern Daylight Times.
Saturday, March 9, 2002
NOTE: Reports from news sources involving movements or operations of United States military personnel NOT confirmed by named U.S. government officials will be labeled as such.
Not Confirmed: 7:00
am - The LA Times reported that the Bush administration, in secret
report, has directed the Pentagon to prepare plans to construct and use
smaller nuclear weapons for use in battlefield situations against at least
seven potential enemy nations. According to the newspaper, the report was
presented to Congress on Jan. 8, 2002 and lists the countries of: China,
Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Libya and Syria. Under the plan, the U.S.
would use the small nuclear weapons only against military targets, and
only in retaliation for attack with nuclear, biological or chemical
weapons; or "in the event of surprising military developments,"
reported the Times. The Pentagon refused to comment on the story. [See: U.S.
Works Up Plan for Using Nuclear Arms (LA Times)]