That Big Deal With the Russians:
A Realistic Look at the New Realism
As the years of the cold war lengthen, America grows weary and peevish with the demands made upon her energy, steadfastness, and capacity for sacrifice. If only the fact of an aggressive world Communist movement were not there to interrupt our practice of the arts of peace and poison our ease! More and more, on every side, we see efforts to blink this fact.
There are the Little Budgeteers and the Big Budgeteers. The Little Budgeteers assure one fatuously that the Leninist strategy aims at making us spend ourselves into bankruptcy; they even pretend that Lenin actually uttered such nonsense, putting quotation marks around the phrase. Save, save, save, they cry, the Communist threat is mainly internal. They are ready to defend the free world—but only if it doesn’t cost too much. The Big Budgeteers cry spend, spend, spend—to buy the good will of friends and enemies alike, with, of course, “no strings attached” (one doesn’t “dictate” to an ally) that might bind our friends into a common military defense against a common enemy. Anyhow, the enlightened know that not guns but the standard of living decides.
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