Mutually Assured Destruction
- The testing of larger and larger weapons made this a major issue in the 1960s
- Partial Test Ban Treaty resulted after Cuban Missile Crisis and fear of MAD
- Became major focus for Richard Nixon as part of his détente policy
If one country fired their weapons then both countries would be killed, Partial Test Ban Treaty occurred in desserts after Cuban Missile Crisis and fear of MAD. Richard Nixon brought the idea of detente, lessening the tension of the cold ward.
"The Cold War philosophy of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), which prevented the former Soviet Union and the United States from using the nuclear weapons they had targeted at each other, would not apply to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran. For him (Ahmadinejad), Mutual Assured Destruction is not a deterrent, it is an inducement." – Bernard Lewis