All Americans should welcome alerts from President Trump
As far back as the 1960s, the president’s ability to alert the nation was seen as a crucial part of confronting the only national emergency that mattered: nuclear war.
Restraint by Design:The Ideological Origins of ‘Minimum Deterrence’ in China’s Nuclear Weapons Program
On October 16, 1964, with an ominous mushroom cloud rising over its northwestern frontier, the People’s Republic of China entered the exclusive group of nuclear weapons states, then a four-member club. Leaders in Beijing embarked on the path of nuclear weapons development reluctantly, they claimed, in response to continued atomic “brandishing” from the United States that had steadily abraded their nation’s security in times of conflict. Indeed, it was not until the late 1950s, after experiencing repeated threats of nuclear attack, both coded and explicit, that Chinese leader Mao Zedong determined that the atom bomb was truly a necessary component of their national security strategy.