Extending nuclear umbrella is a bad idea

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December 30, 2010
Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  
Posted in Commentary

"The conventional wisdom during the Cold War (and even now) was that it was a good idea to extend the U.S. nuclear shield over the wealthy countries of Western Europe, so that they had no need to expand their nuclear weapons capacity (strange, since the U.S. helped Britain and France get nuclear weapons in the first place) vis-a-vis the Soviet Union/Russian threat. Despite the conventional thinking, it seemed to make no sense, even during the height of the Cold War, to risk annihilation of U.S. cities to save European ones." (12/29/10)


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