June 10th, 2013

J.F.K. and the Power of Practical Idealism

Economics & Politics

Monday is the 50th anniversary of a hinge date of history. On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy helped move the world away from the nuclear precipice toward survival. J.F.K.’s act of leadership on that day is one of the greatest in modern history.

The Cold War is sometimes remembered as a stable “balance of terror,” in which Mutual Assured Destruction (appropriately nicknamed MAD) prevented nuclear war by guaranteeing annihilation for anyone who launched a nuclear strike. This is false. We survived not through a natural balance of forces but through the grace of leadership at a crucial moment of history.

Read the full article at the International Herald Tribune

 

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