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  • Originally published 01/16/2018

    Hawaii False Alarm Hints at Thin Line Between Mishap and Nuclear War

    Nuclear experts are warning, using some of their most urgent language since President Trump took office, that Hawaii’s false alarm, in which state agencies alerted locals to a nonexistent missile attack, underscores a growing risk of unintended nuclear war with North Korea.

  • Originally published 01/09/2018

    The deterrence myth

    David P Barash

    Nuclear deterrence continues to dominate international relations. Yet there is no proof it ever worked, nor that it ever will.

  • Originally published 01/04/2018

    What Is the Nuclear ‘Button’ and Where Did It Come From?

    Since John F. Kennedy, every president has had an officer that follows him around with the so-called “nuclear football,” a briefcase that can be used to launch a nuclear attack (it got its nickname from a nuclear war plan called “dropkick”).

  • Originally published 12/04/2017

    Big Rocket Man

    Garry Wills

    Even a soldier in the field must disobey a truly disastrous order from a manifestly disabled officer. The commander in chief has to be held to the same standard as his subordinate commanders, for the preservation of the people.

  • Originally published 09/25/2017

    Rocket Man Knows Better

    Blaine Harden

    The lesson of the Korean War is that for all its Orwellian blather, the Kim family dictatorship has survived this long by being coldly rational, even as it projects wild-eyed belligerence.

  • Originally published 09/07/2017

    Will Trump lower the nuclear bar?

    George F. Will

    Ten months after Nov. 8, that day’s costs, until now largely aesthetic, are suddenly, although not altogether unpredictably, more serious than were perhaps contemplated by his 62,984,825 voters.

  • Originally published 08/10/2017

    Playing Nuclear “Chicken” With Our Lives

    Lawrence Wittner

    What kind of civilization have we developed when two mentally unstable national leaders threaten one another―and the world―with nuclear war?

  • Originally published 05/13/2013

    Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

    Nick Turse

    Credit: Wiki Commons.In those first minutes, they’ll be stunned. Eyes fixed in a thousand-yard stare, nerve endings numbed. They’ll just stand there. Soon, you’ll notice that they are holding their arms out at a 45-degree angle. Your eyes will be drawn to their hands and you’ll think you mind is playing tricks. But it won’t be. Their fingers will start to resemble stalactites, seeming to melt toward the ground. And it won’t be long until the screaming begins. Shrieking. Moaning. Tens of thousands of victims at once. They’ll be standing amid a sea of shattered concrete and glass, a wasteland punctuated by the shells of buildings, orphaned walls, stairways leading nowhere.This could be Tehran, or what’s left of it, just after an Israeli nuclear strike.

  • Originally published 08/08/2010

    What Would Happen in an All-Out Nuclear War?

    Lester Stone II

    The U.S. Congress's Office of Technology (OTA) published The Effects of War in 1979, which predicted the horrendous effects of a nuclear strike between the Soviet Union and the United States. Their findings.

  • Originally published 03/26/2018

    Does MAD really work?

    (R)evolutionary Biology

    So far it has due to plain dumb luck.  But eventually, luck runs out.