wouldn't have been effective, either, too much open space to justify the cost, considering how relatively few of those things were around in the 1960s (compared to the insane 1980s stockpiles). densely populated targets or military targets, on the other hand...
considering how close the US/USSR got to nuclear war, I'm certain that in a three-sided Cold War we'd have seen full-blown nuclear warfare by the 1960s at the latest. Central Europe would probably get the worst of it-- all those tactical nukes or even nuclear mines.
wonder if both sides would try to lob a few towards the US just to make sure that if -they- died, the US wouldn't pick up the pieces. if somehow all the combatants survived until the 1980s, definitely.
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