General Thomas Power, commander in chief of the U.S. Strategic Air Command from 1957 to 1964, reportedly urged a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union, arguing that if only two Americans and one Russian survived the war, “we win!” Always, too few Americans think carefully about exactly what “winning the war” entails.

Robert Higgs is Retired Senior Fellow in Political Economy, Founding Editor and former Editor at Large of The Independent Review.
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