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Saeko wrote:Hi. What is your opinion of Comrade Stalin, the Gentle Father of Nations?
He was the architect of Soviet totalitarianism, a very cruel and ruthless controller, he destroyed the remnants of individual freedom for his own people, he severely failed to promote individual prosperity, and he created a mighty military-industrial complex at the cost of the suffering of millions of Russian men, women and children. These are not my words, but the words of history.
The nuclear arms race was an arms race competition for supremacy in nuclear warfare between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their respective allies during the Cold War. During this same period, in addition to the American and Soviet nuclear stockpiles, other countries developed nuclear weapons, though none engaged in warhead production on nearly the same scale as the two superpowers.
In the United States, during the Cold War, the missile gap was the perceived superiority of the number and power of the USSR's missiles in comparison with those of the U.S. (a lack of military parity). The gap in the ballistic missile arsenals did not exist except in exaggerated estimates, made by the Gaither Committee in 1957 and in United States Air Force (USAF) figures. Even the contradictory CIA figures for the USSR's weaponry, which showed a clear advantage for the US, were far above the actual count. Like the bomber gap of only a few years earlier, it was soon demonstrated that the gap was entirely fictional.
John F. Kennedy is credited with inventing the term in 1958 as part of the ongoing election campaign in which a primary plank of his rhetoric was that the Eisenhower administration was weak on defense. It was later learned that Kennedy was apprised of the actual situation during the campaign, which has led scholars to question what Kennedy knew and when he knew it. There has been some speculation that he was aware of the illusory nature of the missile gap from the start and that he was using it solely as a political tool, an example of policy by press release.
Robert Urbanek wrote:
Pardon the litmus test question regarding Stalin. I think you will find that the conversations on this forum are generally more civil than those on other forums.
Robert Urbanek wrote:Pardon the litmus test question regarding Stalin. I think you will find that the conversations on this forum are generally more civil than those on other forums.
ckaihatsu wrote:'Litmus test', *hell*.
Nation-states (like the USSR) have both *internal* and *external* (geopolitical) politics -- so someone like myself can be *for* a backwards-yet-scrappy, up-and-coming nascent nation-state like the USSR in the '20s and '30s (GOSPLAN), while *also* being critical of how that country was *run*, the same as anyone else ('Stalinism').
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Robert Urbanek wrote:
I thought the Stalin question may have been posed to determine if the new member was a Putin-financed Russian troll who, presumably, would have praised Stalin as a hero.
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