MAD or “mutually-assured destruction” is truly mad. The idea that a nuclear strike by one nation must result in worldwide Armageddon is insane. This theory of the cold war, which cost untold billions in expenditures on weapons that have never been used, posits that the United States had to respond to any launch of then-Soviet nuclear weapons with a massive retaliatory strike. Surely a policy that guarantees absolute annihilation is without any merit.
Except for the fact that it worked.
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