[QUOTE=Warfish;3945714]Sorry for this....
...but thats not the theory behind the U.S. buildup at all, in any form.
The U.S. buildup, both of numbers of nukes, and technology of War, was an economic war, pure and simple. It forced the Soviet Union to either pony up, and drop back in the contest. The refused to drop back, and it utterly bankrupted them and their Communist (lol) system.
We never had 10000 (or howevermany) nukes because some might fail. We had 10000 nukes because the Soviets couldn't really afford 10000 nukes.[/QUOTE]
Where'd you get that from? That doesn't make any sense since the Warsaw Pact's tank totals always outnumbered NATO by 3-1 (which is probably more costly to maintain than missiles). You could be right if you looked at all types of forces, including space-based weapons, but not nukes only. I'm basing my post on the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction.
So basically, I'm right and you are not so right. :D
Last edited by quantum; 02-01-2011 at 10:58 AM.