Partial Listing of Incidents of Nuclear Blackmail            

1946                Truman threatens Soviets regarding Northern Iran.

1946                Truman sends SAC bombers sent to intimidate Yugoslavia following downing of U.S. aircraft over Yugoslavia.

1948                Truman threatens Soviets in response to Berlin blockade.

1950                Truman threatens Chinese when U.S. marines were surrounded at Chosin Reservoir in Korea.

1951                Truman approves military request to attack Manchuria with nuclear weapons if significant numbers of new Chinese Forces join the war.

1953                “Operation Big Stick” Eisenhower threatens China to force end to Korean  war on terms acceptable to U.S.

1954                Eisenhower Secretary of State Dulles offers French three tactical nuclear weapons to break the siege at Dienbienphu. Supported by Nixon's public trial balloons.

1954                Eisenhower used nuclear armed SAC bombers to reinforce CIA-backed coup in Guatemala.

1956                Bulganin threatens London and Paris with nuclear attacks, demanding withdrawal following their invasion of Egypt.

1956                Eisenhower counter threatens the Soviet Union while also demanding British and French retreat from Egypt.

1958                Eisenhower orders Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare to use nuclear weapons against Iraq, if necessary to prevent extension of  evolution into Kuwait.

1958                Eisenhower orders Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare to use nuclear weapons against China if they invade the island of Quemoy.

1961                Kennedy threatens Soviets during Berlin Crisis.

1962                Cuban Missile Crisis.

1967                Johnson threatens Soviets during Middle East War.

1967                Johnson's public threats againstVietnamare linked to possible use of nuclear weapons to break siege at KHz Shan.

1968                Johnson threatens nuclear attack against North Korea in response to Seizure of USS Pueblo.

1969                Brezhnev threatensChinaduring border war.

1969                Nixon’s “November Ultimatum” againstVietnam.

1970                Nixon signals preparations to fight nuclear war to the Soviets during Black September War in Jordan.

1973                Israeli Government threatens use of nuclear weapons October 9.

1973                Kissinger threatens Soviet Union during the last hours of the "October War" in the Middle East.

1973                Nixon pledges to South Vietnamese President Thieu that he will respond with nuclear attacks or the bombing of North Vietnam’s dikes if it violates the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords.

1975                Sec. of Defense Schlesinger threatens North Korea with nuclear retaliation should it attack south Korea in the wake of the U.S. defeat in Vietnam.

1976                President Ford dispatches nuclear armed B-52 from Guam toward North Korea in response to “Ax Incident” in Korean Demilitarized Zone.

1980                Carter Doctrine announced.

1981                Reagan reaffirms the Carter Doctrine.

1990                Pakistan threatens India during confrontation over Kashmir.

1990-91           Bush threatens Iraq during the "Gulf War."

1993               Clinton threatens North Korea.

1994               Clinton’s confrontation with North Korea

1996               China threatens “Los Angeles” during confrontation over Taiwan.

1996               Clinton threatens Libya with nuclear attack to prevent completion of underground chemical weapons production complex.

1998               Clinton, Operation Desert Fox, refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons against Iraq. 

2002               Bush communicates an implied threat to counter any Iraqi use of chemical.

2003               Bush dispatches 24 nuclear capable bombers to Guamduring crisis with North Korea.

2008-12          Obama “all options are on the table” with Iran.

Created Date: 
Apr 9, 2012