Nuclear Weapons and the Vietnam War

  title={Nuclear Weapons and the Vietnam War},
  author={Nina Tannenwald},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={675 - 722}
  • N. Tannenwald
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
Abstract This article analyzes why US leaders did not use nuclear weapons during the Vietnam War. To date, there has been no systematic study of US decision-making on nuclear weapons during this war. This article offers an initial analysis, focusing on the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Although US leaders did not come close to using nuclear weapons in the conflict, nuclear options received more attention than has previously been appreciated. Johnson's advisers raised the issue of nuclear… 
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