Nuclear Chicken

Authors

  • Paul M. Sweezy
  • Harry Magdoff

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-034-04-1982-08_1

Keywords:

Imperialism

Abstract

What are the objectives of U.S. nuclear arms policy? In the early years of the atomic age when the United States had a monopoly of nuclear weapons, no one could have much doubt about the answer to this question. Nuclear arms were an instrument of U.S. foreign policy. They were so used in the last phase of the Second World War—to hasten the surrender of Japan and to serve notice on the Soviet Union that the United States was the Number One power in the world which would not hesitate to drop A-bombs to get its way. There was no question of deterrence because there was no one to deter. Except for the United States, all the military powers of the world were exhausted and only Britain had the beginnings of a nuclear capability.

Published

1982-09-01

Issue

Section

Review of the Month