According to various news accounts, it appears that the U.S.and Russia relationship has changed in a negative way. In the minds of many experts on this subject, it appears that the Cold War is once again rearing its ugly head and that the history lesson pot is being stirred again. Going on the old adage that history lessons not learned and profited from will repeat themselves is disconcerting especially relative to wire-tapping allegations and innuendos that have surfaced in recent weeks since President Trump began occupying the Oval Office.
The sub-caption of an article found at history.com maintaining that “The Cold War is over, but what it left behind may surprise you” is mind boggling. When World War II started, the USSR and U.S. occupied a limb of faith together by joining forces against Axis Powers. From the U.S. perspective the limb was definitely shaky in terms of Joseph Stalin and his communist leanings. From Russia’s point of view, the U.S. and other nations failed to regard them as part of the international community not to mention Russian lives lost because of America’s reluctance to jump into the war on Russia’s behalf. Many history experts firmly believe that this is how the term ‘Cold War’ became a reality following the official end of World War II. Literary history indicates that this term was first coined by British author George Orwell in 1945.
Following the war, American officials decided the best way to keep an eye the Soviets was to put it in a pot with the lid firmly attached. In 1947, American President Harry Truman and diplomat George Kennan agreed that this was the only option relative to American foreign policy.
Historical accounts maintain that around 1949, a whose atomic bomb development is better race commenced as Russia began testing their nuclear weapons and America began developing and testing their arsenal. While we don’t know what Soviet citizens did, we do know that many Americans personally constructed bomb shelters on private property as well as analyzed the possibility of using basements of public buildings for this purpose. In addition, the Hollywood film industry entered the picture featuring horror films encompassing the nuclear fallout genre.
Ironically, in the late 1950s these film ideas began to become reality when the Soviets launched Sputnik and under the auspices of Wernher von Braun America launched Explorer I. This was quickly followed by America’s creation of NASA during the Eisenhower presidency only to be upstaged by the Soviet sending the first human being into space in 1961. To counteract this, President Kennedy invited the Soviets to keep an eye on the moon because America would get there first.
America’s next move harks back to the 1947 creation of the Un-American Activities Committee by Congress. Under the leadership of Senator Joseph McCarthy, counterintelligence probes and investigations first in the film industry and transitioning to various Federal Government entities resulted in economic repercussions and prominent usage of the term ‘loyalty oath.’
The Cold War actually began in the 1950s as Soviet military forces assisted North Korea with its invasion and subsequent takeover of South Korea. America’s fear of life in a communist regime led President Truman to supply military forces and equipment to assist South Korea in the Korean Conflict that ended in 1953.
Circa 1972, President Richard Nixon began negotiating what he believed would be an end to the Cold War by recognizing communist China as a member of the international community and aligning with the USSR in the adoption of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I).
The lid came off of the Cold War pot again during Ronald Reagan’s administration. In addition to providing military assistance to various foreign governments to stem the tide of a communist world takeover, Reagan was ultimately successful in his appeal to Premier Gorbachev in 1991 to “tear down this wall” implying that the Berlin Wall was the last visual symbol of the Cold War.
Some members of the Intelligence sector of the Federal Government have expressed concern relative to President Trump and his seeming disregard for the daily briefing sessions. While Trump appears to have no specific time set aside on his daily agenda, Vice President Pence has a definite time set aside for these sessions on his daily agenda and religiously adheres to it.
The humor mill is filled with insinuations that Vladimir Putin used legal and illegal methods to influence the outcome of America’s 2016 presidential election campaign on behalf of Donald Trump by tainting the image of Hillary Clinton to imply that she was unfit to occupy the White House.
In terms of whether the U.S. and its relationship with Russia is deemed to be headed in a positive direction, the real question may well be how firmly attached is the lid to the Cold War pot.