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Doctor Memory

That is a debater’s rhetorical tact, not a serious policy option.

Is it? I would say it's at the very least a defensible proposition that US policy toward the Soviet Union and its outposts (and vice versa) became a lot more rational after the USSR got nukes.

The problem, of course, is that rationality is not, in and of itself, and end state. Nukes took direct conflict between the US and USSR off the table for as long as the USSR existed thereafter. But both countries found plenty of other means of expressing their differences of interests. An Iranian nuke will take direct conflict between Israel and Iran off the table. But it doesn't exactly guarantee anything else.

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