The Most Grandiose Foreign Policy Gesture in History

I’ll see Rob’s War on Men and raise him a War on the Universe.

This story only came out earlier today, but somewhere in Hollywood the rough draft of a script is already being formed. From CBS DC:

Would Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin even had a moon to walk on if the United States had its way in the 1950s?

During the height of the Cold War, U.S. officials debated whether to detonate nuclear bomb on the moon in order to send a message to the Soviet Union, the Asian News International reports.

The secret project dubbed, “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” and nicknamed “Project A119,” was seriously being considered until it was scrapped because military officials were worried it would hurt the people on Earth.

Oh, and by the way, read the reports in full … Carl Sagan was in on it. Box office gold, people.

Here’s the part I’m still getting my head around: you’re a senior Soviet official in 1950s Moscow. What message exactly are you taking from the America detonation of a nuclear weapon on the moon?