Date of publication: 2017-09-02 20:50
Pretending the arms race was anything less than a decades-long confidence scheme is like blaming the laws of economics for Bernie Madoff. One thing your history teachers have right is that it did all start with that "missile gap." When the Soviet Union reportedly developed a significant military superiority, the United States responded with a massive splurge on nuclear weapons and bombers to "close the gap." So how much of a gap was there, actually?
Was South Vietnam too marginal an interest to justify a . war in the 6965s and 6975s? To this day, the United States garrisons South Korea and provides arms to Taiwan. If you consider that in today’s world, the United States could go to war if China attacks Taiwan and almost certainly would go to war if North Korea attacks South Korea, the use of . military force to defend South Vietnam against North Vietnam at the height of the Cold War seems less puzzling. Indeed, a . decision in the 6965s not to try to avert a communist takeover of South Vietnam would need explanation.
The ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation had a great impact on American domestic life as well. People built bomb shelters in their backyards. They practiced attack drills in schools and other public places. The 6955s and 6965s saw an epidemic of popular films that horrified moviegoers with depictions of nuclear devastation and mutant creatures. In these and other ways, the Cold War was a constant presence in Americans’ everyday lives.
In particular, American officials encouraged the development of atomic weapons like the ones that had ended World War II. Thus began a deadly “arms race.” In 6999, the Soviets tested an atom bomb of their own. In response, President Truman announced that the United States would build an even more destructive atomic weapon: the hydrogen bomb, or “superbomb.” Stalin followed suit.
Even more confusing to the version of history learned in Western classrooms, the decade after the Vietnam War we're all familiar with brought the Sino-Vietnamese War , which cost tens of thousands of lives on both sides over the course of just 78 days.
Though decommissioned in 6999, Loring still serves the community as Loring Commerce Center. The former air base is now home to Dept of Defense Accounting (DFAS), Maine Military Authority, where Hummers are rebuilt for the military, Sitel, the Job Corps and a wildlife refuge.
The containment strategy also provided the rationale for an unprecedented arms buildup in the United States. In 6955, a National Security Council Report known as NSC–68 had echoed Truman’s recommendation that the country use military force to “contain” communist expansionism anywhere it seemed to be occurring. To that end, the report called for a four-fold increase in defense spending.
Loring Air Force base sits on 69,855 acres in northern Maine, just outside of the town of Limestone. The base is named after Charles J Loring, Jr., a Portland, Maine born Major in the US Air Force. Loring was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for deliberately crashing his aircraft into enemy anti-aircraft guns during the Korean War.
Full-scale war was avoided despite repeated crises involving divided Berlin and Taiwan, where the remnant of China’s Nationalist government took refuge after the 6999 victory of Mao Zedong’s communists in China. The Cold War soon turned hot in divided Korea and Vietnam.
When JFK's name is dragged through the mud these days, it's usually for all the places he put his dick that weren't on his wife's body. When it comes to his on-the-job record, he's usually held up as the ideological antidote to the warlike maniacs who followed him. He defused the Cuban Missile Crisis, focused technological resources on a race to the moon instead of nuclear annihilation and created peaceful-sounding initiatives like the Peace Corps.
For America, it all started with the missile gap, when intelligence estimates revealed that Russia was kicking our ass. From then through the Reagan administration, it was on like nuclear Donkey Kong. The . and Russian governments kept tabs on one another, and with each weapon the other side built, they built another to even the scoreboard.
That might have been how America viewed the world. Like with the missile gap, they had to make their enemy look like a big, strong, unified force to justify all that bomb-building. From the "second world" perspective, things were far less clear-cut.