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What does MAD stand for?

MAD stands for Mutually Assured Destruction

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The cold war setting does lend itself to an interesting look at 80s American-Soviet tensions and the idea of mutually assured destruction even if those born after the fall of the Berlin Wall might struggle to see the significance.
Netanyahu cited Professor Bernard Lewis, who noted that for the Ayatollahs of Iran, mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent, it's an inducement.
50 Paperback PS374 How did the way we think of time change during the Cold War, when mutually assured destruction by nuclear bombardment brought into question like never before, the possibility of the future, and specifically how did writers register this in narrative experimentation?
India and Pakistan are a danger to each other rather than to others, but appear to be feeling the inhibitory effects of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) as much as did the U.
These truths became self-evident during an eventful first week of Campaign 2010, when all of the gubernatorial candidates were heard from except long shot Mike Montandon, the ex-North Las Vegas mayor hoping for a miracle, such as the Sandoval-Gibbons war becoming one of mutually assured destruction.