accept peace on American terms. No one suggested openly that the United States should launch a surprise first strike along the lines of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But they did argue that the United States should launch a preemptive attack as soon as intelligence indicated that the Soviets were making preparations for an attack. Many strategists doubted that there was any difference between a preemptive strike and an American Pearl Harbor, but their doubts were conveniently ignored.
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Publication information: Book title: From Nuclear Military Strategy to a World without War:A History and a Proposal. Contributors: Roger Hilsman - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 55.
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