17 Apr '17, 9pm

interesting piece on how close us came to using nukes during Korean War

In the final analysis, the ultimate weapon of mass destruction came closer to employment in the Korean War than is commonly appreciated. This reasoned speculation is based upon the fact that combatant commanders repeatedly requested atomic capability, the majority of the American people supported nuclear use in Korea, and that the American government determined to halt Communism at the 38th parallel. In retrospect, the tradition of non-use begun during the Korean War was not inevitable, was not predictable, and was based only upon a fortuitous combination of enlightened civilian leadership opposed to atomic warfare. It was also facilitated, in large measure, by American ability to conventionally stabilize the military crisis on the peninsula. Largely unknown and underappreciated in the 21st century, it should not be forgotten how close America came to deploying atomic weap...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/nuclear-weapons-and-...

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