Podcast: We were safer from nuclear armageddon during the Cold War

August 25, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Thomas Nichols

Nuclear-tipped missiles and bombs have hovered over the world’s head for more than 70 years. As long as 60 years ago, two great nations had developed the capability to destroy the entire world. The only question, it sometimes seemed, was whether the United States or the Soviet Union would be the first to hit the button.

Tensions ebbed and flowed, China and a short list of other nations joined the nuclear club, but the balance of terror remained. A strategy of mutually assured destruction (MAD) kept everyone “safe.”

But then the Berlin Wall fell…

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…And now we learn that the IAEA has last inspected the Parchin facility in Iran in 2005! Wow, that makes me feel safe. Our illustrious leaders have no idea what’s there right now – other than the fact that Iran has added NEW structures, yet they claim “Peace in our time”. Gee, where have I heard that before…..? If you’ve never heard that saying do a search.

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Don’t worry about Iran. They will never attack the United States. Worry about Hasbara, cancer of the humanity.

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