Have you found of the people on the internet who say how the “U.S. and NATO would roll over Russia”…they tend to be younger. And scoff at the idea of nuclear war. Spouting off such drivel as “We’ve never come close, there’s no way a conflict with Russia would go nuclear”.
I see two reasons for this:
Drunk off the idea that Russia is Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq.
Grew up in an era where they and their classmates didn’t have daily discussions of where their city was on a nuclear priority chart. Didn’t have weekly discussions of what year they think the world would end. Weren’t chilled to the bone watching The Day After or Failsafe. And certainly weren’t old enough to remember The Cuban Missile Crisis.
Hopefully those in power remember. The entire point of MAD policy is you have to believe in it.