ERIC Number: ED228130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Myths and Realities: U.S. Nuclear Strategy. Occasional Paper 32.
Beres, Louis Rene
To survive into the future, the United States must learn to recognize that its Soviet adversary has much to gain from a mutual and graduated process of de-escalation and conflict reduction. While this country must continue to ensure the survivability of its strategic triad, it is altogether clear that this objective can be satisfied without moving toward a capacity for expanded counterforce strike, expanded theater nuclear force deployments, and generally expanded preparations for nuclear war fighting. Indeed, such moves would have a deleterious effect on U.S. security since they would actually undermine the system of mutual deterrence. If it is to achieve real power, the United States must first come to grips with a sober awareness of the limits of violence and the requirements of coexistence. In "The Trojan Women," Euripides attributes the suffering of one people to the hatred of another. His wisdom suggests that enormous dangers lie latent in the continuing effort by the Reagan administration to cast USSR-U.S. rivalry in the form of a war between the sons of light and the sons of darkness. Unless this effort is quickly reversed, the United States will suffer the fate of folly brought on by the search for security in military might. (RM)
Stanley Foundation, 420 East Third Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 (single copies, free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
Identifiers: Nuclear Deterrence; Nuclear Freeze; United States; USSR (Russia)