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5 Backup Plans That Would Have Changed Modern History

Backup plans are, by definition, not the best-case scenario. But usually they can be counted on to be reasonably close to Plan A. Sometimes, it ends up being even better than Plan A (Michael Jordan was the third pick in the 1984 NBA draft). Other times, they're far worse (Sam Bowie was the second pick in the 1984 NBA draft). But you rarely hear about the backup plans that are chambered and loaded and just never get used. Here are five that remained in the back pockets of various world leaders that, had they been used, would have changed the world, and possibly the language this article was written in.

#5. Operation Vulture

#4. Huele a Quemado

#3. Operation Downfall

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France became a nuclear power six years after Dien Bien Phu. I wonder if they had them then if they would have used them on their own without consulting with anyone. And I wonder what would have happened then.

I always love the "What if's" of history. I always thought the History Channel should do a show on that.

---------- Post added November-4th-2011 at 11:23 AM ----------

Also, #3. Was an invasion of Japan really necessary if the Hiroshima and Nagasaki didn't work? Couldn't we set up a blockade of the island and basically starve them to surrender?

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