Get as MAD as you want, it won’t stop US

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara is largely credited with forming the US policy on mutually assured destruction (MAD). Essentially, potentially hostile counties retain sufficient nuclear arms to destroy their enemies even AFTER suffering a nuclear attack. As such, any country that destroyed them would also be assured total destruction. This held up for a long time, essentially from the Cuban Missie crisis onward.
Longtime readers know I don’t think much (morally or practically) of the mass killing of a fascist dictatorship’s serfs in the name of retaliation. That said, our enemies seem to have bought it, as there hasn’t been another nuclear weapon used as such since WW II, and there haven’t been any wars between great powers either. On the other hand, it has also forced the US to make some serious strategic compromises with some of the worlds worst countries, so it hasn’t been without cost.
Good or bad, the age of MAD is coming to an end. For the foreseeable future, the US will have the first strike ability to destroy the nuclear weapons of Russia, China, and all other lesser nuclear powers. If winning a nuclear war. Our weapons have become so powerful, accurate, and hidden, that the US could start and win a nuclear war with any country and win. That is, if winning means destroying your enemy without yourselves experiencing a nuclear holocaust and not simply avoiding one in the first place.

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Can Libertarians win local office?

I have great affection for the Libertarian party. I certainly consider myself a libertarian (notice the little “l”, meaning I like ideas and not the party), and if I didn’t consider much of their hopelessly ineffective and cynical, I might still be a party member.
Two time Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Brown died last week, and he worked hard to raise the profile of the party. Nevertheless, even a hopeful, small government man like myself can recognize that a Libertarian President it in the cards anytime soon.
But at the local level? That’s a different story. Libertarians elected to local zoning boards, to state crime task forces, the state senate, or even mayor has real potential to bring additional freedom to the lives of Americans, without worrying voters that the US will suddenly close all of its external bases.
Kn@ppster has another perspective on this. Even if Libertarians can’t win, by finding effective vote maximizing strategies, in the right districts they can influence policy decisions and win a few appointed positions.