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No First Use

Michael Krepon

Quotes of the week: “We are come to make a choice between the quick and the dead.” — Bernard Baruch before the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, June 14, 1946. “To be quick in pulling the nuclear trigger is to be dead.” — MK   Archival research by Michael Beschloss has revealed that in 1968, General …

For Treaty Trashers, Nothing is Better than Something

Lyric of the week: “Watch out, you might get what you’re after Boom babies strange but not a stranger I’m an ordinary guy Burning down the house” — David Byrne, “Burning Down the House” in the Stop Making Sense album (1984) There are times when nothing is better than something. For example, we would all …

If You See, Kay

US Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, made some news. And not in a good way. She was trying to say that the US would develop countervailing capabilities — something that started under the Obama Administration and that almost no one disagrees with. But she mangled the quote and, in doing so, reinforced Russian paranoia …

Brodie’s Brain

Quote of the week: “Deterrence now means something as a strategic policy only when we are fairly confident that the retaliatory instrument upon which it relies will not be called upon to function at all… In short, we expect the system to be always ready to spring while going permanently unused. Surely there is something …

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