Nuclear Weapons

JFK and Nuclear Strategy

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Participants: John Kennedy, Maxwell Taylor                  

In this clip, recorded in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy considers the implications of U.S. nuclear strategy as well as the wisdom of procuring additional nuclear arms.

Nixon and the Amchitka Nuclear Test, November 1971

FalloutOn November 6, 1971, the United States conducted a controversial high-yield nuclear weapons test beneath Amchitka Island, Alaska. Earlier that day the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 4–3 vote, had declined to issue an injunction to halt the test. In White House conversations later that month, President Richard Nixon claimed that he had been prepared to defy the Court and order the test to proceed if the injunction had been granted.

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