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By M. Krepon

During this publication, Michael Krepon analyzes nuclear concerns comparable to missile defenses, house battle, and treaties, and argues that the U.S. is on a perilous path. in the course of the chilly battle, Mutual guaranteed Destruction, or MAD, facilitated strategic hands keep watch over. Now that the chilly battle has been changed by means of uneven struggle, treaties in line with nuclear overkill and nationwide vulnerability are superseded and needs to be tailored to a much various global. a brand new strategic suggestion of Cooperative probability aid is required to switch MAD. A stability is required that mixes army may well with bolstered treaty regimes.

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A decade passed without a serious national debate over what might replace containment and MAD. The Clinton administration’s primary argument for continued engagement— international trade and economic growth—had cross-cutting domestic effects. This was hardly a sufficiently broad foundation upon which to construct an effective policy of global engagement. Moreover, the fear factor was missing. President Harry S. ” A compelling strategy of post-Cold War international engagement could not be based on troubling global trends, because virtually everything in the early 1990s seemed to be going America’s way.

To do so would have undercut presidential prerogatives—or so Clinton’s advisors successfully argued—even though an eleventh-hour re-submission by a deeply wounded president of a treaty bitterly opposed by Republican leaders would surely have invited the same, devastating result. By asserting presidential prerogatives on this matter for the remaining year of his term, Clinton provided the pretext for Republican hard-liners to insist on a vote driving a stake into the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

The INF Treaty also paved the way for a free fall in deployed strategic nuclear forces. This odd couple effectively broke the back of the strategic arms race. W. Bush and Gorbachev completed the first-ever Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). This accord obligated each country to deploy no more than 6,000 nuclear weapons on intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers. Six thousand potential mushroom clouds on each side seems like an absurdly high number.

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