As the reality of nuclear holocaust became accepted by the public, fatalism about its inevitability also took hold. The landmark black comedy, Dr. Strangelove, captured this new mood. However, such attitudes are hardly unique. Similar fatalism about mankind’s ultimate destiny can be found throughout literature of the time and sparked a whole sub-genre of science fiction, the post-nuclear-holocaust dime novel filled with atomic mutants and vague remnants of contemporary civilization. Ironically, the pessimism that is reflected in these works may have aided the possibility of nuclear war by making such an act “thinkable.”
Time: Mid War
Removed after event: Yes
A straightforward way to manipulate DEFCON, so it works in all the situations you’d expect: DEFCON-suicide cards, situations where your opponent can’t coup due to Quagmire/Bear Trap or Cuban Missile Crisis, etc.
Like other DEFCON degraders, it’s also useful as a headline trap, since if your opponent’s headline degrades DEFCON and is subsequent to yours, you instantly win. (One advantage HILTSW holds over headlining other DEFCON degraders is that it can’t backfire if your opponent also tries to lower DEFCON in the headline.)
The Mil Ops is what really sets this card apart: it means you can headline it to prevent battleground coups, but also earn your Mil Ops VPs at the end of the turn. In addition, it gives the US a little trick on the last Action Round: use How I Learned to Stop Worrying to set DEFCON to 5, meaning instead of losing 2 VP to Mil Ops requirements, you can force the USSR to lose up to 3 VP to Mil Ops.
So, like most Mid War cards, this one tilts slightly to the US, who often needs both DEFCON at 2 and Mil Ops more than the USSR does. But the USSR can get good value out of it as a DEFCON raiser: if they headline the card, they might be able to raise DEFCON to 4 or 5 and be able to coup Asia / realign Europe on AR1.