Scott Sagan Quotes



Best 9 Quotes by Scott Sagan

“I think American military officers get it now. They want to be warriors and not to be murderers.”

“I think that we need to have a much more open, transparent debate about these weapons in a world in which we have adversaries who have nuclear weapons and where the proliferation of weapons to other states is a very serious problem. I don't see an easy way to get rid of nuclear weapons.”

“If you're using collateral damage for deterrence purposes it's no longer collateral, it's now part of your purpose.”

“Just war doctrine is a set of philosophical principles that most states aspire to.”

“One option that President Truman had but rejected was to drop the bomb in an uninhabited place. But he knew that they didn't have very many. He also knew that it might not go off, and that might not be good. So they decided to reject that. Given that option today, a large number of Americans would support that because it would demonstrate the power without killing a lot of innocent people.”

“The United Nations is based on the idea that aggression is wrong and that you can only fight in self-defense or for international peace and security.”

“Things that have never happened before happen all the time.”

“We know that civilians die in war, but it is illegal under the Geneva Conventions; and that is a byproduct of just war doctrine, that civilians cannot be deliberately targeted in war.”

“You should never use a nuclear weapon unless it's necessary for the destruction of that target.”

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