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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
Now it can be told: America and the Soviets very nearly had a nuclear war 30 years ago!
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By Pat Cunningham
May 17, 2013 5:24 p.m.



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Ordinarily, I like to know what’s going on in the world. But I’m glad I didn’t know about THIS:

During 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war. Newly declassified documents from the CIA, NSA, KGB, and senior officials in both countries reveal just how close we came to mutually assured destruction — over a military exercise.

That exercise, Able Archer 83, simulated the transition by NATO from a conventional war to a nuclear war, culminating in the simulated release of warheads against the Soviet Union. NATO changed its readiness ...

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