Robert S. McNamara on nuclear weapons

“Is it right and proper that today there are 7500 offensive nuclear warheads of which 2500 are on fifteen-minute alert to be launched by the decision of one human being?””

“The lesson of the Cuban missile crisis is this: the indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will destroy nations.”

“Rational individuals came that close to total destruction of their societies. And that danger exists today.”

-Robert S. McNamara, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, The Fog of War (2003)

The surviving leader on the other side of the Cuban missile crisis, Fidel Castro, has also warned of the continued danger of nuclear weapons.