The Washington Post

The new Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper


Richard Cohen compared national security adviser John Bolton to Dr. Strangelov­e in his May 22 op-ed, “The new Dr. Strangelov­e.” A more apt comparison would be to Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper, who sent his bombers to attack Russia in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film “Dr. Strangelov­e or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb.” Dr. Strangelov­e is an academic who explains the workings of the Doomsday Machine, the fictional Soviet Union’s unrevealed attempt to defend itself on the cheap. The device automatica­lly destroys the world if it detects a nuclear attack and cannot be defused.

Walter Hopwood, Washington

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