Non-Proliferation Parody

In the previous issue of The National Interest, John Mueller argued that the threats from nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war are exagger

Issue: Nov-Dec 2007

In the previous issue of The National Interest, John Mueller argued that the threats from nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war are exaggerated. William C. Potter responds.

THE ESSAY "Radioactive Hype" by John Mueller makes a number of intriguing and counterintuitive assertions. Most provocatively, it raises questions about the human costs and other unintended consequences of a "non-proliferation first" foreign policy. It also reiterates the important-but now familiar-warning that one should not exaggerate the proliferation threats posed by terrorists or states.

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