The Dreams of a New Cold War Are Here to Stay

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In sure quarters on this nation, Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine has generated enthusiasm for a brand new chilly battle. At The New York Occasions, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin have been described as “youngsters of the [old] Chilly Struggle” now concerned in a “face off,” an “eyeball to eyeball” confrontation harkening again to John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev contesting Berlin and Cuba in “dramatic trend” 60 years in the past. (By no means thoughts that the “drama” over Cuba practically led to nuclear battle and the potential finish of most life on Earth.) Such breathless accounts make me consider the function Slim Pickens performed as Main Kong in Stanley Kubrick’s famed movie Dr. Strangelove, giddy with resolve, even aid of a form, now that he and his B-52 crew are lastly headed for nuclear fight with the  .

No matter else one may say of the disaster in Ukraine, the brand new chilly battle dreamscape that Washington assume tanks and the Pentagon helped promulgate during the last decade in opposition to Russia or China or each is right here to remain. Contemplate {that a} calamity in its personal proper. The tip of America’s failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the disastrous outcomes of America’s International Struggle on Terror launched amid a barrage of lies and self-praise, may certainly have left a gap, nonetheless slight, for a shift away from colossal army budgets and creeping militarization.

Russia’s ill-planned and immoral invasion of Ukraine marks the definitive finish of that risk, nonetheless small it may need been. Putin’s actions, no matter their motivation and justification, are being seized upon by the military-industrial-congressional advanced as proof optimistic that Pentagon budgets, already within the stratosphere, should soar increased but. For thus lots of the Putin-haters (and I’m no fan), his harmful actions supposedly show why the US should be ready to double down in variety.

That, in fact, means but extra weapons manufacturing and gross sales globally for the nation that’s already the planet’s main purveyor of such merchandise. It additionally means extra bellicose rhetoric, and in the end extra militarism, as a result of that’s all Putin and his authoritarian ilk will allegedly ever perceive (as is unfortunately true of so many in Washington as effectively). Contemplate all this a peculiar type of American insanity, akin to the concept that a man with a gun, or higher but, a lot of guys with a lot of weapons, the extra highly effective the higher, are the sanest solution to stop gun violence.

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