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FAIL-SAFE: The First Strike Argument

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Uploaded on Jun 6, 2010

This is one of my favorite moments in Sidney Lumet's 1964 Cold War thriller, FAIL-SAFE. It is the confrontation between the hawkish civilian Pentagon advisor, Prof. Groeteschele, and the thoughtful General Black. In the aftermath of the accidental dispatch of a strategic bomber squadron on a run at Moscow, the civilian argues that the U.S. must launch a first strike and attempts to justify it. Black's answer cuts to the matter at hand.

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