Saturday, November 15, 2008

Black and White?

Was going though a book I had read awhile ago and came across something I had marked when I originally read it. Something I think we should think more about each day:

"'We are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination,' the Doolittle Report, a highly classified evaluation of C.I.A covert operations, concluded in 1954. 'There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply.' Eisenhower agreed. 'I have come to the conclusion that some of our traditional ideas of international sportsmanship are scarcely applicable in the morass in which the world now flounders,' he wrote privately in 1955. 'Truth, honor, justice, consideration for others, liberty for all - the problem is how to preserve them...when we are opposed by people who scorn...these values. I believe that we can do it,' and here he underlined his words for emphasis, 'but we must not confuse these values with mere procedures, even though these last may have at one time held almost the status of moral concepts.'
And so the Cold War transformed American leaders into Machiavellians. Confronted with 'so many who are not good,' they resolved 'to learn to be able not to be good' themselves, and to use this skill of not use it, as the great Italian cynic - and patriot - had put it, 'according to necessity'"

The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis P. 165

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