Sunday, September 27, 2009

Those were the days (encore)

"In the early days of the Cold War it was assumed that any Communist revolutionary was a Kremlin agent. Ho Chi Minh's independence movement, Ambassador William C. Bullitt explained in 1947, was designed to 'add another finger to the hand that Stalin is closing around China.' Mao Tse-tung was on a short tether from Moscow, according to Dean Rusk in a speech made two years after the Chinese revolution. Mao's regime was 'a colonial Russian government.' "
-- Richard J. Barnet, "The Security of Empire," in R.W. Gregg and C.W. Kegley, eds., After Vietnam: The Future of American Foreign Policy (Anchor Books, 1971), pp. 42-43.

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