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

By Kellar Ellsworth
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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