The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Launching an Armageddon

Awhile back Richard Nixon presided over a dinner discussion of NATO strategy, which called for a nuclear response to a massive Soviet ground attack. "Would an American President take out Leningrad and Moscow if he knew he would lose New York and Los Angeles?" asked the former Chief Executive, who then rushed on to answer his own question: "No President is going to do that."

Henry Kissinger was asked recently if he had ever encountered in Moscow or Washington a man, or group of men, he thought capable of pushing the mythical "button" that would send...

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