Instapundit: Full Credit to the Obama Administration for Civil Defense Plans

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Last month, Glenn Reynolds wrote here at The Atlantic about "The Unexpected Return of 'Duck and Cover'," recognizing the Administration for taking the dangers of a domestic nuclear attack seriously, and for publishing guidance on what people should do to survive in the event we're ever hit with one. Yes, the advice is essentially the same as what the Truman Administration promoted in 1951, in a now-famous film short featuring Burt the cartoon turtle. And yes, the turtle's main recommendation -- if there's an atomic explosion, get down and hide -- went on to enduring ridicule as an absurd classic of early Cold War cheery paranoid kitsch. But, Reynolds explains, "duck and cover" was actually solid advice at the time; and it's solid advice now. This week, he returns to the subject on his PJTV show "Instavision":

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He has written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow Times, The Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory. Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, co-published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the National Endowment for Democracy, and a lecturer in history and politics at Yale University. He has also worked with McKinsey & Company's New York-based Knowledge Group on global public- and social-sector development and on the economics of carbon-emissions reduction. Gould has a B.A. in history from McGill University in Montreal, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in politics from Yale. He is from Nova Scotia.

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