Tomorrow the World, the Birth of US Global Supremacy

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    • #408460
      Passionate Progressive
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      This Pepe Escobar article is a review of a new book, Tomorrow the World, the Birth of US Global Supremacy by academic Stephen Wertheim.  The review which appeared in Consortium News and Unz and Asia Times,  is reposted here as it appears in Consortium News because I found it so relevant to recent JPR assessments/comments on Biden’s foreign policy, a policy that per Wertheim had its genesis in 1940:

      https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/bidens-nothing-will-fundamentally-change-promise-extends-to-his-foreign-policy/

      and

      https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/what-planet-is-nato-living-on-2/

      In this article/book review, Escobar evaluates Wertheim (Tomorrow the World, the Birth of US Global Supremacy) who argues that after the fall of France in 1940, the pre Pearly Harbor planning of US policy was to divide up the post WW II world…..To me that reinforces the argument that those policy makers six months later in June 1941 had expected and would let the Soviet Union to fall to Germany.

      That’s when U.S. foreign policy for the next 80 years was born: the U.S. had to wield “unquestionable power,” as stated in the CFR planners’ “recommendation” to the State Department, delivered on Oct. 19 in a memorandum titled “Needs of Future United States Foreign Policy.”

      That the USSR did survive, its confrontation  was factored into this long-range strategy and rationalized through the first Cold War, a war that now with a little tweaking by adding China as an enemy is having its renaissance….

      Full Escobar review of Wertheim is here.  

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

    • #408463
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Which kind of torpedoes this theory. The Russians would never have been able to surround Paulus’ Sixth Army at Stalingrad without thousands of American trucks to transport their infantry. Within that same year, Russian skies were full of American-made planes to cover the American-made trucks on what passed for roads.

      Lots of American and British sailors died on the Murmansk Run shipping in all kinds of supplies by the freighter-load to Russia, and running a gauntlet of German submarine and air attacks the whole way, not to mention the weather.

      Whatever these no doubt Ivy League-educated foreign service folks wanted back then, it is clear that FDR did not want the Soviet Union to collapse, and Churchill sure as shit didn’t. Just saying we should keep these historical facts in mind, that’s all.

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      • #408524
        Passionate Progressive
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        the official alliance didn’t happen until after Pearl Harbor.

        There was more than one post WW II foreign policy strategy going on in the US and the Democratic Party during the 1940’s as was seen after Truman in lieu of Wallace ran as Roosevelt’s running mate in 1944…And Truman’s rudimentary knowledge of foreign policy contributed to the more hard-line approach to the Soviet Union post Roosevelt.

        The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

        • #408536
          GZeusH
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          How about “complete lack of”?

          Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

        • #408553
          Ohio Barbarian
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          I just think it important to remember that both the United States and the Soviet Union owed their victory in World War II to each other. Truman may have forgotten that, but Stalin never did, no matter how much of an SOB he was or what Soviet propaganda said.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

          You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #408465
      Satan
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      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

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