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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-18-08 10:23 AM
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39. The neo-cons were also wrong about Russia in the 1970s and 1980s
Edited on Mon Aug-18-08 10:25 AM by RainDog
The Power of Nightmares (part 2) has some great footage on this - Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz pulling "facts" out of their asses to say that Russia was so strong that the U.S. needed great big weapons contracts for the neocon M-I-C because they were just "this close" to firing missiles at the U.S.

When, in fact, the Soviet Union was failing under the weight of their own internal inconsistencies - by the failure of their system, basically.

Even Osama bin Left-on-Ice knows about the writer of "After the Fall" - or rather, Todd's second big international best seller, After the Empire.

Todd is a demographer and he predicted the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1970s based upon a look at its birthrate and the rate of education for females - apparently it is harder to have a dictatorial system when females are empowered - this is true across nations, fwiw.

At that same time, Rummy, etc. was telling the U.S. to be afraid, be very afraid. Todd said that the system was failing. Reagan took credit. Americans, with little outside information about ANYTHING, believed him, of course, because it fit their narrative of the U.S. as the "winner" of the cold war.

When, in fact, cold warrior policies, and permanent revolution are a large part of the huge financial problems we face today. I guess we'd be okay if everyone in the nation worked for a military-industrial contractor and made things to use to kill others, but that's not quite the case.

edit to add link http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2004/feb/08/socie...

The Power of Nightmares - http://www.archive.org/details/ThePowerOfNightmares
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