The Great Cold War: A Journey Through the Hall of Mirrors [book review]
The initial turning point in the Cold War came quietly in the 1950s and 1960s. It was then that analysts at the RAND Corporation made what was then a radical but verifiable conclusion: "The West was far stronger than the Soviet Union and its allies - it had more manpower, greater wealth and a huge lead in technology." So, what was needed to exploit these inherent advantages? "A long term strategy that would be more effective than the policy of containment - and the will to implement it." That is the core of Gordon Barrass' "The Great Cold War," a superb account of how analysis reasoned that the Soviet Union, in many ways, was a hollow shell.
China, North Korea and Soviet Union planned invasion of Japan
Documents in London's National Archives show China, North Korea and the former Soviet Union may have planned an invasion of Japan. U.S. officials had information that during the Korean War, 3 superpowers planned to attack Japan from the air and the ocean, while also invading Taiwan. History experts dismissed the claim. "Stalin was careful not to escalate things into a global war. He felt the Soviet Union would not be ready for a world war until the mid-1950s. In any case, the magnitude of invading Japan and Taiwan would have been beyond the capabilities of the Soviet Union, China and North Korea," Peter Lowe told.
US military to quit Iceland ending a presence dating back to 1951
The US Navy is due to leave the Iceland, ending a military presence dating back to 1951. The Keflavik naval and air base played a key role in the Cold War, monitoring Soviet submarines and housing aircraft that could be sent to destroy them. As Iceland has no army of its own, it will become one of the few countries with no military presence at all. A spokesman said the pull-out would not affect the US commitment to defend Iceland as a Nato ally: "In the height of the Cold War, this was the place to be to protect against Soviet submarines. And we were successful and the Keflavik team had a great deal to do with that."
U.S. Cold War gift: Iran nuclear plant as Cold War strategy
In the heart of Tehran is one of Iran's most important nuclear facilities, a dome-shaped building where scientists have done secret experiments that could help the country build atomic bombs. It was provided to the Iranians by the United States. Not only did the U.S. provide the reactor in the 1960s as part of a Cold War strategy, America also supplied the weapons-grade uranium needed to power the facility--fuel that remains in Iran and could be used to help make nuclear arms.