MAD-Mutual Assured Destruction


The Doctrine of MAD has now been in place for over 40 years. President Nixon struggled hardest to prevent MAD from being the exclusive strategic nuclear attack doctrine of the US.  Most of the President’s that followed had no clue as to its real implications. As posted here previously it directly undermined the federal civil defense efforts that were in place from 1951-1994 when Public Law 920 of the 81st Congress was repealed. Portions concerning preparedness became Title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 100-707 which amended in part, superceded in part and supplemented in part Public Law 93-288 the Disaster Relief Act of 1974.

But all should recognize that MAD is still US strategic doctrine. That is what makes so interesting the following:

Shultz, Perry, Kissinger, Nunn Publish New Op-Ed on Deterrence

In an op-ed published today in The Wall Street Journal, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn address deterrence—calling for nations to begin moving now toward a new, safer and more stable form of deterrence with decreasing nuclear risks and an increasing measure of assured security for all nations.

Unfortunately few in either Congress or the Executive Branch had the depth of understanding to comprehend the necessity for the reforms suggest by these men in today’s  WSJ!

It reflects the total lack of “gravitas” in our current political leadership and President’s like William Jefferson Clinton who lost his nuclear war authentication codes while dealing with the “dress” and other related matters.

Where do we get such MEN? And Women?

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One Response to MAD-Mutual Assured Destruction

  1. Clinton J. Andersen says:

    “safer and more stable form of deterrence”…. so what safer and more stable form of deterrence is there? The whole point of M.A.D. is basically to say yea, you may be able to take us down but we’re going to take you with us.

    …. what’s also interesting about President Clinton is that when he assumed office, he was supposed to receive a briefing about how the nuclear authentication and execution process works. I’ve heard his words were pretty much “don’t bother, I’m not going to need them”. I appreciate the confidence, but his job is to be ready to protect American’s just in case. Having to explain the process when the s*it has hit the fan is a little too late. So it comes as no surprise that the codes were lost.

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