The nuclear suitcase, the repository of codes needed to launch Russia's nuclear weapons, was one of the last things (other than his title, a few symbolic medals, and the presidential pen) that outgoing Russian Prime Minister Boris Yeltsin handed over to his successor Vladimir Putin before leaving the Kremlin on New Year's Eve morning 1999. Apparently the "button" was still with us. It always had been. Thoughts of blowing the enemy to bits, however, hadn't pervaded the public consciousness since the implosion of the Soviet Union during the Reagan... More >>>