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There are many ways for war to end: a decisive win, a painful defeat, a slog toward a tenuous political transfer, or even a “surge’’ in the guise of an exit. Any way you look at it, President Obama has gotten us out of two long wars. Surely, the Cold War can’t be harder? But wait, it’s already been won. Nonetheless, from the cacophony of chest-thumping hard-liners over the mere suggestion, leaked to the press, that the White House may be considering reductions in our nuclear arsenal, the good old days of duck-and-cover live on. So, just to make this clear: America still needs the Bomb.


Kayyem, Juliette. "Smart Nuclear Reduction." Boston Globe, February 27, 2012.