AUTHORSmith, R. Jeffrey
TITLEThe General's Conscience: Why Nuclear Warrier George Lee Butler Changed His Mind
PERIODICAL TITLEWashington Post Magazine
DATE PUBLISHED12/07/1997
VOLUME NUMBERn/a
ISSUE NUMBERDecember 7
PAGE NUMBERS18-21, 38-45
ISSN0731-3527


This article traces the journey of George Butler from general to dissenter. Butler was commander of the nuclear forces of the United States for three years during the Cold War. The article relates how as he planned and rehearsed for nuclear war, he began to question the morality of his mission. His exchange with his Russian counterpart at the U.S. command center near Omaha first brought his views on the nuclear arms race into public view. Butler became an active advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons from the arsenals after his retirement in 1994.


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