Nuclear Deterrence: A Defensible Defense

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With the “new” century now 8 years old (and counting), it’s time to finally shelve some expired ideas left over from the last years of the 20th century.

Every facet of Cold War “common sense” that argued against missile defense makes no sense in the 21st century. Deterrence (threatening to lob atomic warheads at whoever might attack you as a way to prevent being attacked in the first place) just doesn’t work anymore.

For one thing, nascent nuclear nations — like North Korea — may not understand the “rules” of Cold War-style deterrence and could well blunder into nuclear conflict. For another, rogue states and non-state actors may not be deterred by the U.S. nuclear arsenal.,2933,479344,00.html

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