US FOREIGN POLICY SINCE 1945. April 30, 2007. COLD WAR ON THE HOME FRONT. -Domestic politics and foreign policy closely tied -Cold War made it even more so -- why? -because the United States claimed a position as a model nation, a model democracy
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April 30, 2007
-Domestic politics and foreign policy closely tied
-Cold War made it even more so -- why?
-because the United States claimed a position as a model nation, a model democracy
-and because many thought that part of the enemy's strategy was to subvert American society
I COLD WAR CONSENSUS
III CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
IV ANTI WAR MOVEMENT
V END OF THE COLD WAR CONSENSUS
From the 1940s through to the 1960s
Six years ago, at the time of the first conference to map out peace -- Dumbarton Oaks -- there was within the Soviet orbit 180 million people. Lined up on the anti-totalitarian side there were in the world at that time roughly 1.625 billion people. Today, only six years later, there are 800 million people under the absolute domination of Soviet Russia -- an increase of over 400 percent. On our side, the figure has shrunk to around 500 million. In other words, in less than six years the odds have changed from 9 to 1 in our favor to 8 to 5 against us. This indicates the swiftness of the tempo of communist victories and American defeats in the Cold War…
The reason why we find ourselves in a position of impotency is not because our only powerful, potential enemy has sent men to invade our shores, but rather because of the traitorous actions of those who have been treated so well by this nation… This is glaringly true in the State Department. There the bright young men who are born with silver spoons in their mouths are the ones who have been worst ....
There is no system more corrupt than a system that represents itself as the example of freedom, the example of democracy, and can go all over this earth telling other people how to straighten out their house, and you have citizens of this country who have to use bullets if they want to cast a ballot.
America is a colonial power. She has colonized 22 million Afro-Americans by depriving us of first-class citizenship, by depriving us of civil rights, actually by depriving us of human rights. She has not only deprived us of the right to be a citizen, she has deprived us of the right to be human beings, the right to be recognized and respected as men and women.
Malcolm X, 1964