I am fortunate to have a live-in war/history/foreign policy nerd. When politicians arch their backs and commence hissing, analysis is no farther away than a yell down the hall:
"Tamara, will there be war?"
"You know, toe-to-to with the Russkis, sort of thing...?"
"What? Wait a minute, I have to turn down the television.* Now, what?"
"World. War. Three?"
"Oh, that. No, nobody's that crazy. Oh, there might be some tit-for-tat over Syria, and if we lose a destroyer.... But Putin's not crazy."
I hope not. The Army and Air Force still process their payroll and Accounts Payable right here in Indianapolis (well, Lawrence, IN) and that made us a fine target during the Cold War: capitalist troops would surely refuse to fight if they weren't getting paid!
Also, who knew H-bomb torpedoes and depth bombs were a thing? (No, you can't call them depth charges: they're too big.) And Tom Lehrer's still around to write the soundtrack!
* It was either Jeopardy or a newscast.
3 days ago