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Review Essay

Weapons Without Purpose? Nuclear Strategy in the Post-Cold War Era

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The Price of Dominance: The New Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Challenge to American Leadership

The Price of Dominance: The New Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Challenge to American Leadership
By Jan Lodal
Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2001, 160 pp. $19.95 Purchase

With the end of the Cold War, most Americans stopped thinking about nuclear weapons. They assumed that such weapons were now of little use and that Washington would soon sensibly wrap up any remaining problems in the nuclear arena. In The Price of Dominance, however, Jan Lodal warns that this complacency is unwarranted and proposes a comprehensive nuclear strategy for the post-Cold War era. Unfortunately, Lodal's recommendations have greater merits than chances of being adopted. And because he treats so many issues in fewer than 150 somewhat repetitive pages, readers receive a great deal of information quickly but without much depth. Those who disagree with him or advocate alternative policies are unlikely to feel that he has dealt adequately with their positions -- let alone be convinced by his.

One point on which Lodal cannot be disputed, however, is his claim that U.S. nuclear policy has drifted since the Cold

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