The Question and Answer section for Dr. Strangelove is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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There is the sense of authority and factuality to this scene until you realize that this movie is actually farcical. "Dr. Strangelove's" humor is generated by a basic comic principle: People trying to be funny are never as funny as people trying...
As I recall, nuclear weapons were the deterrent.