Too Powerful to Be Used

McNamara urges less reliance on nuclear weapons

The article was clearly timed for maximum effect. One week after the resumption of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) talks in Geneva and three weeks before the renewal of START (Strategic Arms Reduction Talks), Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, dropped a bombshell of his own. In the fall issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, published last week, McNamara urged NATO to renounce its current reliance on the threat to use nuclear weapons, which he said are "totally useless" and "serve no...

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