Alexander Haig Quote

“There are contingency plans in the NATO doctrine to fire a nuclear weapon for demonstrative purposes, to demonstrate to the other side that they are exceeding the limits of toleration in the conventional area.”

~ Alexander Haig

Testimony, Congressional Hearings on NATO, 1983. Cited in Dugger, On Reagan, p. 403

Ratings and Comments

JT Ready, Mesa, AZ

Nuke 'em if ya got 'em.

Mike, Norwalk

lol JT, I like it, sorta nuke um all, let god sort em out. The quote demonstrates a real scary scenario when the war monger holding the button has no moral foundation or understanding of the nobility of life.

Dick, Fort Worth

This example of unprincipled superiority and bullying is too much a part of U. S. foreign policy. As long as our leaders and their families don't have to risk their lives or sacrifice anything, they love war---to hell with human lives, especially the opponent's.

Jack, Green, OH

Haig was never looking to win the Peace Prize

Joe, Rochester, MI

In this day and age, firing one nuclear weapon will probably lead to firing them all on both sides.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Lets see... Reagan picked Haig... and King George W is made int he Reagan mold... hum... what does this tell us about the instability and insanity of KGW... I'm reminded of the commerical on depression, and the answer is "everything".

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    RVW, USA    2/28/07

    Reston, you never cease to amaze me. No matter who is speaking, its GW's fault. You are at least consistent. Note this is a contingency plan for demonstration purposes...the idea is to say there is a limit to what will be allowed. I for one, think limits such as this are a good thing. Terrorists and libertines hate limits though--just one of a couple of things they have in common.

    E Archer, NYC

    Of course, that was in the 80's -- the US attack on Iraq in retailiation for what the Saudis did to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon served a demonstrative purpose that the US will use any excuse to take over any nation for any cause.

    Jack, Green, OH

    What do we need another demonstration of a nuclear bomb for? Didn't we do that twice in 1945 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

    Ken, Allyn, WA

    I hope there's a contigency plan for everything, this included. I'm sure there's one for nuking invading green Martians too.


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