For those who are willing to study history and heed its lessons, future disaters can be averted. The peril lies in those so wedded to their notions, no scrap of fact or evidence will dissuade them. They are the ones who bring the Sword of Damocles upon their head and the heads of their countrymen.
The Cuban missile crisis, while it illustrates the efficacy of a threat, demonstrates even more dramatically the terrible dangers which result from unheeded threats. The missile crisis brought us closer to nuclear war than we had been for a decade. And it came about because the Russians did not believe that we would not act if they placed missiles in Cuba. - pg 41. The American Threat. James L. Payne 1970.
Another unseen effect of our threats concerns the decisions of our allies and neutral countries. Our threat to oppose communist aggression encourages them to divert their resources away from the military sphere and into productive activities. ... If we betray this trust, one of the first things that is likely to happen is the spread of nuclear weapons. Nations, realizing that they live in a ruthless and disordered world, will each seek the means to defend themselves. - pg 42. Ibid
Let us send letters, one might advise, to Mao and the rest ... Once those letters are duly posted, the Cold War will have been settled in a peaceable and business-like way. As with almost all simple solutions to difficult problems, it has been tried and found wanting. ... And yet attempts at aggression continue. - pg 43. Ibid.
And that is just a few excerpts from a few pages of a book that runs 223 pages. If the Obama administration just heeded these, just think of where we would be in regards to North Korea and Iran? Would Obama have tried to intervene in the inner workings of Honduras? Who knows, but it is something to think on as the current administration fumbles through one policy gaffe to the next.