Vince (Login MoxiFox) Sufi Posted Oct 10, 2008 6:55 PM
I believe it was Kennedy who started Vietnam ...... and also the space race. I should say, the Vietnam conflict STARTED under his administration; he wanted to pull out of it but was assassinated before he got the chance.
Eisenhower had the reputation of being a caretaker president who was pretty dull and boring but ......... he HAD been the over-arching General of the Allies in WW2 and he KNEW the follies of flash. He was also the guy who warned Americans about the military/industrial complex before he left office. He could see it coming. (And, he dealt with the first race-riots in the south too). He was no dummy and yet he seemed to think the U.S. should curb the aggressive side of itself.
Interesting too, you know .........
Canada was like, about the 4th most powerful nation in the world at the end of WW2, with army, navy and equipment. But, while the U.S. continued to pursue military development, Canada just sort of quietly kept down-scaling until today, we have almost no force capability to speak of.
Are WE in worse shape than the U.S. in real terms? I don't think so. We don't have enemies and we don't get attacked. Our standard of living is pretty decent too but we don't care to be flamboyant. Our military spending is much, much lower than the U.S. and we live right next door.
It seems to me that the U.S. could do quite nicely without all the military and security hype. If Canada doesn't feel endangered, why does the U.S.?
Canadian politics is much more issue-oriented than the U.S. It seems EVERYTHING in the U.S. is oriented around militant and militaristic values. Yet, they all seem to be want to be viewed as "nice" people too!~