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IN RETROSPECT:
THE TRAGEDY AND LESSONS OF VIETNAM

ROBERT S. MCNAMARA WITH BRIAN VANDEMARK


Appendix:
The Nuclear Risks of the 1960s
and Their Lessons for the Twenty-first Century

(selections from pp. 342-343)

Partly because of our increased understanding of how close we came to disaster during the missile crisis, but also because of a growing recognition of the lack of military utility of the weapons, there has been a revolutionary change in thinking about the role of nuclear forces. Much of this change has occurred in the last three years. Many U.S. military leaders--including two former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a former supreme commander of Allied Forces in Europe, and a senior air force officer currently on active duty--are now prepared to go far beyond the Bush-Yeltsin agreement. Some go as far as to state, as I have, that the long-term objective should be a return, insofar as practical, to a non-nuclear world.


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