A Quote by Robert S. McNamara on balance, belief, concern, memory, and military

...but highly placed sources within the Kennedy Administration disagreed: "[T]he assumption that the strategic nuclear balance mattered in any way was wrong... As far as I am concerned, it made no difference... If my memory serves me correctly, we had some five thousand strategic nuclear warheads as against t heir three hundred. Can anyone seriously tell me that their having three hundred and forty would have made any difference? The military balance wasn't changed. I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now..."

Robert S. McNamara

Source: at the Hawk's Cay Conference on the Cuban Missile Crisis, March, 1987

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