Atomic weapons are pointless because they all know any use ends all of their reigns. No power survives an atomic war because there is no way to stop retaliation, the other sides missiles will launch long before the first ones land. And any crazy leader pushed to the point where they have no viable survival chances will throw the hail marry play, as Saddam did by launching missiles into Israel. If Bush senior had not managed to keep the Israeli’s uncharacteristically out of the war there would be a lot of green glass in the middle east and a LOT of people still dyeing from the after affects.
As a weird aside it’s sort of interesting that the Tea Party chose to name itself after a media stunt that is remembered for something it was not.