Whether the worry is radiation poisoning or heart disease, we tend to focus more on prevention after than before an emergency. Our thinking is so consistently responsive to the crisis that is, rather than ahead of the crisis that might be.
This country rushed into the nuclear age with its citizens having neither a true understanding of the effects of the bomb on human beings, nor why the atomic attacks drew condemnation around the world.
Over and over, policymakers say, "We must never use nuclear weapons," yet they endorse the two times the weapons have been used in a first strike. To make any exceptions means exceptions can be made in the future.