Deterrence in the Twenty-first Century

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Deterrence in the twenty-first century - Air University Press

UNDERSTANDING DETERRENCE

Al-Qaeda’s threatening to use a nuclear weapon against the

United States is far more powerful than actually using it. In

one instance, Americans may pressure their government to

change a policy. But once nuclear weapons are used on American

soil, Americans will demand vengeance and unleash the

hounds of hell to reach those responsible. Osama bin Laden is

well aware of the repercussions that will follow any WMD attack

on the United States.

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