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Special Issue 1997


The Moral Legacy of the Cold War

Lee Butler retired recently as commander of America's strategic nuclear forces. From June 1991 to February 1994 he was Commander-in-Chief, United States Strategic Air Command. Before that assignment, he occupied various posts throughout his 33 years in the US Air Force, including director of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff and director for Strategic Plans and Policy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Omaha - The harsh truth is that six years after the end of the Cold War - when for the first time the prospect of restoring a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons became possible - we remain in the thrall of the nuclear era. We are still prisoners of that conflict's psychology of distrust. We are still enmeshed in the apocalyptic vocabulary of mutual assured destruction.

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