Jimmy Carter’s national…

Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser was once awoken to a report of 2,200 incoming Soviet missiles: a false alarm due to the malfunction of a 46 cent chip. He wanted further confirmation, and as he lay there in bed in the early morning hours, he decided not to wake up his wife, because if Washington, D.C., was about to be destroyed, he preferred that she die in her sleep. As he was preparing to call President Carter to talk about the American retaliation, and his military aide called back one more time [and] said it was a false alarm.

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