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PSCI 2223 Apocalypse Soon 1. Why does McNamara feel that we need to change our foreign policy, people know that the use of nuclear bombs is indefensible but it seems to be the only thing keeping other people from using them. If a stand off has worked for 60 years why are we trying to change it now, it has not resulted in the use of a bomb so if it’s not broken why fix it? 2. McNamara makes a very interesting point when he speaks about the learning curve of nuclear weapons. He states that in conventional warfare mistakes cost hundreds or thousands of lives whereas a mistake in nuclear war will eventually end in the destruction of that nation. I agree that mistakes can be made very easily in the implementation of a nuclear attack or a plan however, I think that with our system of intelligence that a nuclear strike in this age would be a just cause for America to use their weapons on its
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Unformatted text preview: attacker even if it was a mistake and if we made the mistake we posses enough weaponry to still enact fear in the country that was struck accidentally so that they wont strike back. 3. McNamara defeats his argument at the end. He is arguing for the end of nuclear arms as a means of foreign policy and he is advocating the destruction of nuclear arms to prevent an arms race that will emerge in lesser developed more politically unstable countries. He supports his argument very well through the use of extensive facts but at the end states that we need to move toward a “near elimination” of nuclear weapons. This near elimination would still give those states with nuclear weapons an edge in foreign policy and would only revert back to the 60’s when only a few states had weapons but still used them to make policy....
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course PSCI 2233 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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