The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
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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 Cold War History (www.frankcass.com).
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.