That Time A Drunk Richard Nixon Ordered A Nuclear Strike On North Korea

By | March 9, 2020

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President Richard Nixon and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat (not pictured) share a laugh during Nixon's visit to Egypt. (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

President Richard Nixon and North Korea had a tense relationship, and a few cocktails didn't help Nixon manage it any better. Kim Il Sung, founder of North Korea, had the same appetite for provoking the U.S. that his son Kim Jong Il, has today. When North Korean aggression caused a classic Cold-War incident, Nixon happened to be tipsy, and he summoned the Dutch courage to make those commie bastards (as they are called) pay. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and we were not dragged into World War III over a Tricky Dick mood swing.

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President Nixon, one of the most controversial Presidents in American history (nixonfoundation)

The Queen of England owns the martial power to declare war on any country without the permission of Parliament. Now, that’s an incredible amount of power for anyone to wield. Thankfully, the modern Kings and Queens of England have never used that mighty influence. However, it does make one question how long you might last before drunkenly declaring war on a country that drew one’s ire.

The Presidents of the United States hold an even more terrifying capability of unleashing a nuclear holocaust at the push of a button that never leaves their side. Well, in the case of President Richard Nixon, the United States came within one drunken night of nuking North Korea.