Detente: H.K. v. J.S

Henry Kissinger and James Schlesinger, the two most brilliant members of Gerald Ford's Cabinet, have disagreed sharply and frequently on the meaning and objectives of détente. What are their differences? Briefly put, Kissinger thinks any nuclear exchange between the superpowers would be disastrous, involving "colossal, indeed catastrophic damage." Schlesinger is just as appalled at the prospect of such an exchange, but he argues that a limited war with tactical nuclear weapons must be seriously considered and planned for. "What we need," he has said, "is...

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