re: "War Addict History To Laugh At"
"Apparently the Cold War was a right-wing fantasy."
"Haven’t read the book, but apparently it details what a peace-loving, kite-flying, deeply misunderstood nation the Soviet Union was.
What I’m getting from this is that Soviet nukes were no big deal, as long as they had more than us, and if we just had a little faith in human kindness."
"(A)pparently Soviet global expansionist ambitions were OK as long as they did not entail first-strike nuclear plans. Millions of eastern Europeans, Koreans, Vietnamese, Afghans, Cubans, Angolans, Nicaraguans, etc., will be glad to hear it wasn’t a problem after all. We should take no pride in the fall of the Berlin Wall, etc., because if we waited for another 50 years or so … actually I’m not sure about that part because she never explains how and when the Soviet Union was supposed to end itself. I think the idea might be along the lines of the Obama doctrine: importune softly and carry a white flag."
From this point forward my sarcasm-meter simply gives up the ghost.
"(M)uch like Ahmadinejad doesn’t really intend to get a bomb and blow up Israel and control the Middle East, neither was the Cold War about the advance of international socialism of the most vile, degrading and murderous variety. Like this Bush Iran thing, it was about the scourge of American paranoia."
"We should use our words, military industrial war pig complex is bad, threats are not serious, and anyway, we have it coming. Related matter, while we’re on the subject, which Yanqui Imperialista war pig’s bright idea was it to force the Soviets to flood the world with AK-47s? "