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Only winning move is not to play

Updated: December 17, 2012, 4:07 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

There was a doctrine that became popular during the Cold War of the 1940s and '50s known as mutually assured destruction.

The U.S. and Russia emerged as world super powers, and despite having seen the destruction of the atomic bombs in Japan near the end of World War II, both sides continued to stockpile weapons of mass destruction. The theory was that as long as both countries controlled a similar mass of weaponry and had the capability of using it even after a first strike, neither side ...

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