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Washington Nuclear Strategy, Russia Is Still The Real Threat

Nuclear policy in the age of Trump (and Kim) is a scary proposition. But deterrence should still be front and center in light of Moscow's aggressive posture.

Putin in September watches military drills in Saint Petersburg
Putin in September watches military drills in Saint Petersburg
Max Boot

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WASHINGTON — There has long been an idealistic, even utopian, streak in American society that has held that the abnegation of power by the United States will inspire other countries to follow suit. This view became ascendant during the 1920s, when Republican administrations naively negotiated a series of naval arms-reduction treaties and, as the piece de resistance, the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928,which outlawed war "as an instrument of national policy." When the biggest war in history began a decade later, the United States paid a high price for its lack of preparedness.

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