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Nixon Thought About Nuking North Korea

Posted on Jul 7, 2010
Department of Defense / Staff Sgt. Phil Schmitten

Just after a U.S. spy plane was shot down in 1969, President Nixon appears to have ordered nuclear bombers to prepare to attack targets in North Korea, but he quickly changed his mind. More extensive plans (one with the Bush-esque name of “Freedom Drop”) for nuclear strikes on as many as 16 North Korean targets were also devised.

Take a look at the documents related to this story over at the National Security Archive.

The Guardian:

According to newly revealed government documents, Nixon is even believed to have ordered nuclear bombers to be put on standby for an immediate strike after North Korean jets downed the American plane as it flew over international waters collecting electronic and radio intelligence.

The documents, obtained by the National Security Archive in Washington after a freedom of information request, describe the plan codenamed Freedom Drop, which called for “pre-co-ordinated options for the selective use of tactical nuclear weapons against North Korea”.

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By samosamo, July 8, 2010 at 11:23 am Link to this comment


So now we have o and his izraeli handlers juicing to nuke Iran
for no real good reason just as w decided to carry out the
invasion of the sovereign country of Iraq on no good real reason
and down right big fat lies.

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By Can O Whoopass, July 8, 2010 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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Bush wanted to nuke Iraq because Saddam insulted his Day-dee.

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By Jean Gerard, July 8, 2010 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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What kind of thinking is present in a statement like this?
“One thing about a nuclear detonation—it forces renewal?

Not one bit of pity for tens of thousands who were burned to death or doomed to
suffer years of lingering sicknesses.

As far as I am concerned, this “superbly ignorant” writer can take his “Tribeca
rehab” and stuff it!

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By Blackspeare, July 8, 2010 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

We have an irrational fear of nuclear weapons——they’re really efficient in wiping out large areas of infrastructure and the associated inhabitants.  A good example is the fire bombing of Dresden during the last months of WW II——-took too many sorties and bombs when a single well placed altitude-detonated nuclear weapon would have done the same thing.  Hiroshima and Nagasaki took a direct hit and they eventually recovered with an even better infrastructure and city.  One thing about a nuclear detonation——it forces renewal.  You have to see New York City around the Trade Center——it took 9/11 to forge a Tribeca rehab and it is superb——of course to live there you have to be superbly wealthy!

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By felicity, July 8, 2010 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

And Truman fired MacArthur because, among other things, MacArthur advocated, and would carry out given half a chance, nuking China.

It’s a good thing that Nixon wasn’t in the White House when MacArthur was general.

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