Nato’s tactical nuclear weapons: the new doctrine | Nato | The Guardian

There is a debate underway among nuclear folk over whether Nato’s new strategic concept, adopted in Lisbon, is a glass half-full or half-empty from the point of view of disarmament.

Front and centre are up to 200 American B-61 bombs stored in six bases in five European countries. The tactical weapons have long served a symbolic rather than a military purpose in the post-Cold War world, and three of their host nations – Germany, Netherlands and Belgium – have been pushing for their removal as an expression of Barack Obama’s self-declared mission to pursue gradual but determined disarmament.

Nato’s tactical nuclear weapons: the new doctrine | Nato | The Guardian

So which is it? Is NATO all about nukes, or is it about disarming everyone from the threat of global nuclear war?