Better Safe Than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the Bomb by Michael Krepon

By Michael Krepon

In 2008, the long-lasting doomsday clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientistswas set at 5 mins to midnight—two mins towards Armageddon than in 1962, whilst John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev went eyeball to eyeball over missiles in Cuba! We nonetheless stay in an echo chamber of worry, after 8 years within which the Bush management and its most harsh critics bolstered each one other's worst fears in regards to the Bomb. And but, there were no mushroom clouds or acts of nuclear terrorism because the Soviet Union dissolved, not to mention considering that 9/11.

Our worst fears nonetheless will be learned at any time, yet Michael Krepon argues that the USA hasn't ever possessed extra instruments and skill to lessen nuclear hazards than it does this present day - from containment and deterrence to international relations, army power, and palms regulate. The bloated nuclear arsenals of the chilly battle years were tremendously lowered, nuclear weapon checking out has virtually ended, and all yet 8 nations have pledged to not collect the Bomb. significant powers have much less use for the Bomb than at any time some time past. therefore, regardless of wars, crises, and Murphy's legislations, the darkish shadows forged via nuclear guns can proceed to recede.

Krepon believes that optimistic traits can proceed, even within the face of the dual threats of nuclear terrorism and proliferation which have been exacerbated by way of the Bush administration's pursuit of a conflict of selection in Iraq in keeping with fake assumptions. Krepon advocates a "back to fundamentals" method of lowering nuclear risks, reversing the Bush administration's denigration of international relations, deterrence, containment, and fingers keep an eye on. As he sees it, "The usa has stumbled earlier than, yet the US has additionally made it via demanding instances and rebounded. With knowledge, endurance, and success, one other darkish passage will be effectively navigated."

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