Although I have loved this film since first seeing it when it came out on home video, naturally there were many elements of the film that only became clear as I grew older (as I was only five in 1984).
While it didn't take long to 'get' the humour of jokes such as "your wife?" the last element to grab my attention was the initial conversation between the airmen in the silos (played by John Spencer and Michael Madsen respectively). Needless to say, it was only upon reaching adolescence that I realised that Capt. Lawson's discussion about the chanting related to the growing of cannabis.
While it may seem so obvious to some, it took me some time to conclude that this must have been an attempt on the writers part to set the Captain up as somewhat of a pacifist (bloody peace freaks!) just prior to him freezing up during the simulated launch command.
As while it took me well over a decade to arrive at this conclusion, is it something that is so obvious that it is completely self evident or is there any reference (in any literature or commentary on the film) to the writers intentions regarding that conversation with respect to the foreshadowing of his moral inability to "TURN (the) KEY SIR"?
TL:DR - Is there any objective evidence that the writers intentionally included the cannabis reference to suggest Lawson was a pacifist at heart?