The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite, 1945-1963
Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt frompast wars and total defense expenditures the United States spendsalmost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts forover 46% of total world arms spending. Before World War II it spentalmost nothing on defense and hardly anyone paid any income taxes.You can't have big wars without big government. Such bigexpenditures are now threatening to harm the national economy. Howdid this situation come to be?In this book you'll learn how in the critical twenty years afterWorld War II the United States changed from being a continentaldemocratic republic to a global imperial superpower. Since thennothing has ever been the same again. In this book you willdiscover this secret history of the United States that formed thebasis of the world we live in today.By buying this book you will discover:How the end of European colonialism created a power vacuum thatthe United States used to create a new type of world empire backedby the most powerful military force in human history.Why the Central Intelligence Agency was created and used tointerfere in the internal affairs of other nations when the UnitedStates Constitution had no mechanism for such imperialactivities.How national security bureaucrats got President Harry Truman toapprove of a new wild budget busting arms race after World War IIthat is still going on to this day.Why President Eisenhower really gave his famous warning againstthe "military-industrial complex."Why during the Kennedy administration the nuclear arms racealmost led to the end of the world during the Cuban MissileCrisis.How President Kennedy tried to deal with what had grown into a"permanent government" of power elite national security bureaucratsin the executive branch of the federal government that had becomemore powerful than the individual president himself.In this book you will discover this secret history of the UnitedStates that formed the basis of the world we live in today.