Sunday, 18 March 2012

Cold War analyst John Lewis Gaddis

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Cold War analyst John Lewis Gaddis:

'To a remarkable degree, containment [of the Soviet 'threat'] has been the product, not so much of what the Russians have done, or of what has happened elsewhere in the world, but of internal forces operating within the United States... What is surprising is the primacy that has been accorded economic considerations in shaping strategies of containment, to the exclusion of other considerations.' (Gaddis, Strategies of Containment. Quoted Noam Chomsky, Year 501, Verso, 1993, p.34)

Mark Curtis explains the mystery:

'Crucially, the immediate beneficiaries of the [Cold War] rearmament programme were to be the large corporations within the military-defence sector of the economy. With guaranteed industrial production and a guaranteed market (the Department of Defence) they were able to achieve high levels of output and reap large profits.' (Mark Curtis, The Ambiguities of Power, Zed Books, 1995, p.45)

Howard Zinn:

'When I read the hundreds of pages of the Pentagon Papers entrusted to me by [military analyst] Daniel Ellsberg, what jumped out at me were the secret memos from the National Security Council. Explaining the U.S. interest in Southeast Asia, they spoke bluntly of the country's motives as a quest for "tin, rubber, oil."' (


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