Daddy, what happens when one of two opposing parties decides that deterrence has failed?
UPDATE 1855 EST 5 MAR 2010: By the comments, I was clearly too cryptic in my question above. The context is current domestic US politics, and a clearer statement of the issue follows:
- the leadership of the current Federal government does not appear to be interested in the election outcomes of its members (i.e., deterrence via the ballot box has failed),
- the history of the past 77 years suggests strongly that there is zero deterrent power held by the American people against Constitutional violations, and
- there are currently hundreds of thousands (maybe millions?) of Americans who will not be pushed any further,
is there any reason not to believe that we as a fragmenting country are at the same point the Cold War adversaries would have been had the US and USSR started to fuel their liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles during a crisis?