Posted on 23-10-2010
Filed Under (History) by Rashtrakut

Its the type of story that drives defenders of Bill Clinton nuts.  Evidently during the Lewinsky imbroglio Clinton misplaced the “biscuit” – the device used to open the nuclear football to authenticate  a nuclear strike – for a few months.  The risks of a nuclear strike by another country were low in the Clinton presidency, but that does not excuse his lackadaisical attitude towards the codes.  The loss of the biscuit would not prevent the United States from launching a nuclear strike (and play its part in completing nuclear Armageddon) and would probably not be useful to anybody else.  But as Ambinder notes precious time would be lost clearing up the confusion before the United States could respond.  With Clinton’s office not bothering to issue a denial, the story is probably true.

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