Tuesday, December 20, 2016
From an obituary as seen in the Wall street Journal of Saturday/Sunday, December17 - 18 2016..
"Thomas Schelling 1921-2016."
"'Errant' economist strayed from his field to take on a bigger mission: saving the world from nuclear holocaust. He even advised Stanley Kubrick on 'Dr Strangelove.'"
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"Dr. Schelling died Dec. 13 at home in Bethesda, Md. He was 95".
In retrospect NOT SO ERRANT!
"In the 1950's and 1960's, as an academic researcher and later as an adviser to the Kennedy administration, he helped establish policies aimed at avoiding nuclear war and crafting arms-control pacts"
"His 1960 book, 'The Strategy of Conflict,' proposed ways to make threats credible so that enemies would be less inclined to attack. One way, he found, was for a country to commit itself to a position from which retreat wasn't possible."
"If the U.S. based a small number of soldiers in Europe, for instance, they wouldn't be able to turn back a Soviet attack. yet their mere presence sent a message: The U.S. couldn't stand by in the event of an invasion. American blood would be shed, so America would have to lash back. To make the message credible, the U.S,. had to give up the option of retreat."
SCHELLING ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PERSONS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY? HIS CONCEPTS AS ENUNCIATED BECOMING POLICY AND WORLD WAR THREE WITH NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST THEREBY AVERTED?
See the entire archive regarding Thomas Schelling at isegoria.net: