First of all, Russian President Vladimir Putin is not likely to attack anyone, despite his posturing and TV talking heads spreading war fever in the U.S. The most potent strength in Russia today is the myth they have been selling since 1949, the year they detonated their first nuclear "device," officially setting off the Cold War – and pounding their chests they were stronger than the U.S.
The most dramatic truth came out with their inability to match Ronald Reagan’s SDI program in the mid-1980s. Out of habit they kept right on bluffing, even having the same troops march around Red Square during an organized display of faux power. All-important air strength was represented as inviolable by sending the same bombers and fighters flying overhead over and over.
Reagan used CIA analysis to verify the Soviet Union’s actual strength, emboldening him to keep up the pressure, which resulted in the collapse of the 70-year communist dictatorship, the most nefarious regime in history.
As the CIA is charged today to figure out Russia’s power and motives – and verify the snark hunt for evidence Putin interfered in the U.S race for president. In 1957, their habitual scenario was established.
In the mid-1950s, hysteria welled up in America, triggered by our alleged decline in the number of missiles we produced, back then the symbol of who could first set off Mutually Assured Destruction. Congress, the media, individuals, and military leaders concurred with the neutral Gaither Report, that concluded the U.S. was in the claws of the Russian bear, allegedly far behind the USSR in missile production, creating a so-called "missile gap."
Additionally, the Soviets had recently developed a new ICBM that could deliver nuclear devices farther than the U.S. And, to many, the Soviet’s ability to launch Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, drastically set back American self-esteem, exacerbating Cold War tensions.
The answer to what America’s response should be fell on President Dwight Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces in World War II. Ike was a warrior president, causing confusion by what seemed to be weakness by his refusal to build up American missile strength. But Ike knew a secret: Soviet leaders were not wearing any clothes.
He knew the U.S. was not behind in missiles, and likely to be ahead of the game. The evidence came from flyovers of USSR territory by the U-2 spy plane, before satellites, the most sophisticated method of aerial surveillance.
Eisenhower found himself in an awkward dilemma: if he verified the U-2 was supplying accurate assessments of Soviet missile strength, he risked the U.S. losing the upper hand in the Cold War. If the Russians found out the capabilities of the ultra-secret U-2, they would immediately camouflage their weapons and keep America in the dark.
Ike kept mum. By publicizing the U-2 spy plane, not only would a dramatic U.S. advantage be lost, nuclear war was a real possibility. In the midst of Putin paranoia sweeping America, the fear is likely to be quelled when the secret is divulged Russia and Putin cannot deliver an invasion of any country. The Russian population is declining, their economy iffy, and the left-over nuclear arsenal should be used as a museum.
My guess is the CIA knows all this, yet dares not make the information public for fear of having to how they know. Sound familiar? Yet, the media and the Left have incessantly bashed the Agency without knowing anything about them. Maybe the vicious and vocal critics will shut up soon under Trump.
The conflicts caused by subterfuge and espionage are unavoidable. Intelligence agencies are willing to put up with harsh criticism and ridicule to protect their secrets. Ike kept his secrets about the “missile gap” and choosing to combat the misinformation in his 1961 farewell address to the nation. He warned Americans against allowing a “military-industrial complex” to rise and create arms build-ups that could overcome commonsense.
Bernie Reeves founded five regional publications and the Raleigh Spy Conference. His writing has appeared in National Review and American Thinker. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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