Between 1946 and 1953, the cornerstones of a permanent garrison state were laid within the structure of the US government.
Join CJ as he discusses:
- Henry Luce’s 1941 article “The American Century” & the construction of the Pentagon (begun on Sept. 11th, 1941 -the pic above shows the Pentagon under construction, BTW) as harbingers of this change
- George Kennan’s original, much more limited strategy of ‘containment’ towards the USSR
- American intervention in Greece, 1946
- The National Security Act of 1947 (the single most important piece of formal legislation in this process)
- Proof of a revolution within the form: Harry Truman’s sending of American forces into significant combat in 1950 without a declaration of war
- How the Eisenhower Administration tacitly ratified all this into permanence, despite Ike’s occasional statements that indicate his misgivings about the whole thing
The Dangerous History Podcast is covered by a BipCot NoGov license; learn more at BipCot.org
- Henry Luce, “The American Century”
- George Kennan’s ‘Long Telegram’
- Winston Churchill, “The Sinews of Peace” (the ‘Iron Curtain’ speech)
- Harold D. Lasswell, “The Garrison State,” published in The American Journal of Sociology, Jan. 1941.
- Full text of NSC-68
CJ’s Picks (Amazon affiliate links)