A crisis hotline with Iran? Are mutual assured destruction and arms-control negotiation next?
An essential point of understanding is this: the problem with MAD in the Cold War was that it didn’t work on the Russians nearly as well as it worked on us. The Soviet Russians never wanted to shoot nuclear missiles at us. They just wanted to be able to hold us at risk so that our behavior would be constrained, and theirs could proceed on schedule. Most of the time, they achieved that goal (rare exceptions would include Nixon’s deterrence of Soviet intervention in the 1973 war).
The MAD regime inhibited the US, but did not inhibit the Soviets when it came to the things they really wanted to do: Continue reading “Rewarding Iran’s bad behavior”