As apparent in Document C, in which the quintessential “nuclear family” sits in a bunker, concerns about nuclear war stood at the front of the American ethos. This fear of nuclear war was also reflected in Document E, in which the question is posed of whether or not the “U.S. [should] take the first blow?” This question of “whether a policy of accepting the first blow may be the best one” became intertwined within the minds of the America people, heightening American fears. President Eisenhower, while addressing the issue of the Soviet Union and its subsequent tensions through nearly doubling “defense spending…of government spending” (Document H). However, the Eisenhower administration failed to successfully mollify these fears, apparent in the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, who pledged not to “dare to tempt [challenging nations] with weakness” (Document I).
The Cuban Missile Crisis was the height of the Cold War since there was so much tension between the two superpowers, and both sides had deadly nuclear weapons which could have led to war. During this time, war seemed inevitable to the citizens such as Dino Brugioni. Brugioni “made arrangements for his young family to get out of Washington in the event of war” and stated "’I had seen atomic blasts and I knew the destruction they had left, and I felt sure that Washington would be a target’" (Fidgen 2012). Brugioni is one of many US citizens who believed that nuclear war would be inevitable after the discovery of the Soviet missiles in Cuba, which shows the widespread fear of nuclear war during this time. The nuclear weapons were “an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americans” and war was only avoided because of the agreement that Khrushchev and Kennedy had come upon (Cantelon).
This claim might be a surprise to someone who buys into the myth that Reagan managed to, as Thatcher stated in a eulogy for him, “break the world free of a monstrous creed without a shot being fired”(Ronald Reagan). But should we trust a statement from a hardline conservative political figure about her close friend? Maybe we should ask the people of Grenada. There sure were some shots fired during its US invasion. And what about all the weaponry supplied by Reagan’s presidency to the Mujahadeen and other anti-communist guerrillas?
None of the good, if there were any. The idea of war was only ideal to the young boys, and that changed throughout the course of the book. The war is frowned upon by some people, Irene Hunt, as an example. First, the letters that the boys in the war wrote were never positive. They always mentioned the awful things about the war, “Things was awful bad with so many kilt and others froze.” (Hunt, 51) Some acted as if they were forced into the war.
The biggest contrast between Kennedy and the other two presidents was that Kennedy was not afraid of war. His use of the military was to increase military weapons to prepare for a potential war and to scare the Soviet’s away. (Kennedy) He was so open to the thought of a war he created Flexible Response; which is using a more effective way, such as bombs and other nuclear weapons, rather than threats and walls (Ayres 886). Moreover, While the US did not enter war, it could very well be possible if Lyndon B. Johnson hadn’t taken over after Kennedy's
Of course, this is a view through rose-colored glasses. America had yet to face the heartbreak and divisive struggles of its citizens which became more and more prevalent in the proceeding decade. America created a national identity as a strong negotiator and world power, but at home it did not have a handle on the rebelliousness signified in this age. Racial tensions became strong although the American citizens had fought the Nazis over religious discrimination. However, with this
After the horrific events that happened on september 11th, 2001, a wave of patriotism swept over the nation. Whenever news reporters tried to report on anything that wasn 't completely for the war on terror, they were considered unpatriotic and hurting the effort to stop terrorism for good. Pressures to report an official story and the consequences of using unverified facts lead the country to believe that some of the justifications for certain actions against terrorism were correct. When people found out that facts weren’t being reported, this made the public question all of the stories in the news. A certain trust in the government was also lost.
New terrorist organizations such as ISIS have raised from past conflicts that involved United States intervention in many of the Middle Eastern countries. Form the United States Kenyan Embassy bombing to 9/11 to the present day, the "war on terror" initiated by George W. Bush intended to dismantle and eliminate terrorism and countries that support terrorism. However, United Sates invasion in the middle east only brought more instability and more "negative" (Driscoll) options that the United States is the enemy. Dealing this rampant terrorism has been a controversial topic ever since the invasion of Afghanistan. American Counter Terrorism Operations was intended to deal and stop this issue, however, counter terrorism might not the
Wattenberg writes a compelling, factual book about the possible reasons the youth of America do not live out their civil duties. However, I think Wattenberg overanalyzes the small details and forgets to look at one common denominator. As a young person in America, it is extremely relevant to mention that most millennials have no faith in the American political system. We have seen the system fail our families, and our neighbors, and our friends. Over the years a bureaucracy has formed, and the American people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the course that our country's political agenda is taking.
One of his most famous books “Fahrenheit 451” was published during the “Red Scare,” which was the thought that communists were spying on Americans on their own land during the Cold War. He experienced the Cold War also, in which a lot of people were terrified that the communists could strike America at any time. Bradbury wrote about McCarthyism and censorship because those were trendy topics throughout America at the time. He gave scared people an outlet through his writings to comfort themselves during what was going on at the time. During the time Bradbury started writing, time was vigorous with people not having much money and the amount of wars, and NPR (2017) said “He said it was a time when people couldn 't imagine the future, and