Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned to Fall for the Same Old Military Industrial Complex Scams

Camera One, pointed at The Atlantic:

America Scrambles to Catch Up With Chinese and Russian Weapons

Camera Two, pointed at Wikipedia:

The missile gap was the Cold War term used in the US for the perceived superiority of the number and power of the USSR’s missiles in comparison with its own (a lack of military parity). The gap in the ballistic missile arsenals did not exist except in exaggerated estimates, made by the Gaither Committee in 1957 and in United States Air Force (USAF) figures. Even the contradictory CIA figures for the USSR’s weaponry, which showed a clear advantage for the US, were far above the actual count. Like the bomber gap of only a few years earlier, it was soon demonstrated that the gap was entirely fictional.

12 thoughts on “Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned to Fall for the Same Old Military Industrial Complex Scams”

  1. The first Cold war was a scam to sell weapons to despots and imperialism to democracies, all to combat an economically backwards “threat” that lost interest in globalism of any kind with the purge of Trotsky.

    I see no reason the second Cold War should be any less detached from reality. Nonsense worked smashingly during the Mad Men era, why not today? Have people gotten any smarter?

    1. Is it just the intellectual part or do you think that there’s also a lack of courage ? It’s not as if technology hasn’t afforded us real time and more factual information.

      1. Sadly, people generally believe what they want to believe, what’s easiest to believe. So yeah, courage is definitely a factor but I’d argue that laziness is a bigger one.

        If democracy was easy, everybody would have one.

    2. We have internet today.

      I’m wary of the claim the Soviets truly gave up globalism. They certainly meddled globally.

      1. Stalin’s “socialism in one country” was a pre-WW2 policy.

        At the end of World War 2, the environment had changed.

        The Soviet Union had conquered eastern Europe by way of beating the Nazis, and it wasn’t going to pack its trash, go home, and let things fall out however they happened to fall out any more than the US was going to do that.

        Yes, they supported communist governments that came into existence in Asia (in the case of North Vietnam, after Ho approached the US with a friendly attitude and was rebuffed), probably in part because of Russia’s historical rivalries with Japan and China gave it good reason to want goodwill in that region.

        And yes, they supported communist governments that came into existence in the Americas — again, after the US decided to respond negatively and dictatorially to the Cuban revolution (and later the Nicaraguan revolution). If you had a rival acting all over the globe on a claimed policy of “containing” you, wouldn’t you respond positively to developments that allowed you to obviate that “containment?”

        One major problem with the post-war foreign policy of the US is that it expected to simply be obeyed in every particular. It got to run the world, and anyone else who wanted to run any part of that world (including its own part) was automatically treated as an enemy.

        Would the Soviet Union have been less of a “global meddler” if the US had likewise been so? We’ll never know.

  2. Even if China is ahead: So what?

    The US should return to Coolidge and focus on the per capita economy.

    1. Steel prices are back to their pre-tariff levels, the new steel jobs that were supposed to show up never did, and US steelmaker stocks are down 22% (versus the S&P’s 3%) since the tariffs were imposed. How’s that there “protectionist” policy working out for you?

      1. I havent followed the matter, but Trump’s approach has been different than most protectionists would take. Usually you’d protect the downstream or higher value added jobs first, if not implementing flat tariff.

        The economy has been in a massive bubble, so it’s not as simple as 1 variable cause and effect. Protections have often worked throughout history, so there’s not really a lack of evidence. What has never been proven is free trade.

  3. This is part of the control drama that enables our mass murder economy to thrive and keeps those on top on top, despite the fact that their corruption and moral depravity is destroying society and our planet.

    It’s time to stand up against these delusional self entitled pricks and demand a war crimes tribunal and a new socioeconomic system that doesn’t reward theft first and most and rely upon exploitation.

      1. It could be worse, but at the same time it could be better…… How low do you want to sink ?

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