Rahul M wrote:I have read interviews of SPD chiefs including lt gen khalid kidwai and they come across as rabid as any jehadi maulavi. the guy was boasting that he wanted to use those buttons one day !
If Kidwai indeed said that then that makes him equally irresponsible as ACM Naik
sorry, you are doing a gross injustice to ACM Naik. kidwai gleefully expressed a wish to commit nuclear genocide against the hated Indians, it was not even in context while the ACM merely mentioned what our doctrine says in response to a query about potential nuclear strike by pakistan (the context was the news of 24 additional nuclear capable missiles)
as chief of the primary military executive as far as nuclear deterrence is concerned, it is his duty to hold up the doctrine in public, in any case the apathetic responses by our 'saner' politicians have repeatedly reduced our strategic space and emboldened the pakis to bring the nuclear threshold lower and lower. any more interference by our 'sane' people and we might as well not have nukes. deterrence depends on stated declaration of intent, without that adversaries are bound to question both capability and intent resulting in a. this is especially true of delusional pakis to whom any civilized behaviour is proof of weakness that needs to exploited (vajpayee's peace overtures for example. to them it was proof that kafir India was weak, else why would anyone seek peace and it resulted in kargil. this pattern has been repeated again and again).
the 2 situations are completely incomparable, the equal-equal you are doing here is not founded on logic.
Can you post the interview ?
I haven't saved it but it might be there in the 'nuclear threat from pak : boom or bluff' thread in strat forum.
as for ACM Naik, he merely expressed what is already there in our nuclear doctrine, that too in reply to a question. what is the problem with that ?
Me think ACM Naik simply blabbered it out since it was his last 3-4 days of his career in IAF and he had nothing much to loose , what it did was it put the MEA and MOD in spot and if media news are to be believed they are not happy about it and rightly so , such statements have long term implications way beyond Naik tenure and the MOD/MEA has to grapple with it and it does not change any thing on the ground , in a nuclear war neither country would win and its a loose loose game.
boss, all we have are a couple of reports from TOI and telegraph quoting unnamed sources. since when have these media outlets become the paragon of truth. all it takes is one MOD babu (who are anyway looking for ways to put down forces) to invent these stories as 'leak' and parrot it to a couple of scribes over drinks.
rather sad that you are using these dodgy reports to bash someone like ACM Naik and equating him to a bigot like kidwai.