05/30/2013 - 16:21

Nixon's Nuclear Ploy

William Burr

Burr is a senior analyst at George Washington University's ...


Jeffrey Kimball

Jeffrey Kimball is a professor of history at Miami University and the author of Nixon's Vietnam War (1998). A longer, fully documented version of this article appears in the January 2003 issue of...

Richard Nixon thought a secret, worldwide nuclear alert would remain unknown to the American public, and he was right. But his strategy–to threaten the Soviets into helping bring an end to the Vietnam war–was unsuccessful. They may not even have noticed.