By Dr Alan Allport
American army coverage is hotly debated.
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If we embark on too many expeditions abroad, this continual drain on the country’s security resources may begin to have a dangerous effect on the United States’ ability to defend itself at home. S. Standing in the World Is this encumbrance balanced out by the increased respect and authority America gains for its troubles? It would be comforting to think so, but the recent record suggests that global policing only undermines the United States’ existing relationships with allies and international organizations.
S. Security Requires a Strong Nuclear Deterrent Soviets would launch a preemptive strike that used their large advantage in conventional ground and air forces. “The goal of Soviet military strategy in Europe was a quick victory over NATO in a non-nuclear war,” says one study. ” 4 Clearly, the Soviet threat was far from imaginary. The only line of effective deterrence to this Communist takeover of the European heartland was, ultimately, the American nuclear arsenal. Would democracy have triumphed in the East if the Soviet Union had not been prevented from attempting a first strike against NATO during the 1960s and 1970s?
It is difficult to see how. What offense could be so severe that it would justify the effective destruction of the world? A full-scale nuclear assault is so out of proportion to any conceivable act that it would never be justifiable on any grounds. Whatever MAD’s virtues may be, it is morally indefensible. Our Maintenance of Nuclear Weapons Encourages Their Proliferation Since 1991, membership in the nuclear club of nations has continued to grow. Most notably, the atomic tests by India and Pakistan in 1998 have made clear that proliferation of nuclear technology across the developing world is now a fact.