Re: [sixties-l] Re: Vietnam War or views of enemies

From: William M. Mandel (
Date: 01/05/01

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    Walt Rostow gets a number of pages in Gregory Mitrovich' UNDERMINING THE KREMLIN:
    America's Strategy to Subvert the Soviet Bloc, Cornell University Press, 2000,
    accurately described in the cover blurb thus: "containment was only the first step
    in a clandestine campaign to destroy Soviet power. Drawing on recently declassified
    U.S. documents, Mitrovich reveals a range of previously unknown covert actions
    launched during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. Through the aggressive
    use of psychological warfare, officials sought to provoke political crisis among key
    Soviet leaders, to incite nationalist tensions within the USSR, and to foment unrest
    across Eastern Europe, Mitrovich demosntrates that inspiration for these efforts did
    not originate within the intelligence community, but with individuals at the highest
    levels of policymaking in the U.S. government."
        Rostow was at the heart of all this.
        Mitrovich is all the more convincing to non-Lefts because he employs Cold War
    language throughout: "the Soviet threat," etc.
                                                                    William Mandel
    " Tom Nagy, Ph.D." wrote:
    > Some of the classics in demonization that come to mind are from the National
    > Geographic and the infamous State Dept. White Paper on why we are fighting in
    > Vietnam and John Wayne in "The Green Barets".  Another classic was good old Walt
    > Whitman Rostow, who in response to my question of why I should murder
    > Vietnamese, said that the Russians and the U.S. had divided up the world and
    > that Vietnam belonged to our sphere of influence.
    > I asked Walt how this was different from gangsters dividing territory, but he
    > did not reply.
    > Tom
    > wrote:
    > > This may be esoteric, but in the early/mid 1970s Gregory Bergman, in
    > > Berkeley, wrote several essays on views of the (Communist) and, earlier,
    > > (Catholic) "enemy" by many American/s/groups.  These appeared in the
    > > nationwide magazine Christian Century and a Franciscan magazine based in the
    > > SF Bay Area (I forget the name), I believe.  They give some good general
    > > concepts, with many examples, of the use of language for dehumanization.
    > > Paula

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