Holding Onto the Cold War

Source: CounterPunch
by Melvin Goodman

“The United States cannot escape the consequences of the Cold War. The Cold War has shaped our political culture, our political institutions, and our national priorities. The Second World War ended 75 years ago, but we still outspend the entire global community on defense; control an overseas military infrastructure with more than 700 bases and facilities; and allocate tens of billions of dollars annually to nuclear forces. Now add the absurdity of the Space Command. The Cold War divided Europe; engulfed the Third World (our briar patch); inspired a reckless arms race; and created chronic geopolitical tensions. As a result, the United States has become a national security state relying on military power and use of force, despite having the most secure geographical boundaries of any major power.” (07/21/21)