McNamara's Act of Contrition
Former Secretary of Defense McNamara puts his 2¢ in about the revival of the nuclear arms race.
Of all the utter madness of the Bush administration, this is the one that keeps me awake. Even the most pessimistic Cassandras predict catastrophe from global warming in decades, or from economic disaster or peak oil, famine, etc. in years at the earliest. Even world-wide conventional war, with millions of dead, would occur over the course of a year or two.
Nuclear holocaust would take half an hour. And it quite literally could happen at any time. As Mr. McNamara reminds us, it nearly has on several occasions, and there's usually no dramatic buildup as there was in October of 1962. It would just happen, while you're cooking your eggs in the morning, getting the kids ready for school, listening to cheesy 80s music on the radio.
If you were lucky, you'd never even know what hit you.
Yet somehow, there just seems to be this general feeling that nuclear war is so passe. So yesterday. I tell you it is not. The Cold War may have ended, but the nuclear arms race barlely skipped a beat.