(Foreign Policy) When Democrat’s Became Doves

From a good Foreign Policy piece on Eugene McCarthy‘s anti-war activism and how is shaped modern politics:

“Involvement in Vietnam,” McCarthy said, “was no accident. It did not happen overnight. It was a direct result of America’s conception of itself as the world’s judge and the world’s policeman.” He ridiculed the beliefs held dear by both Humphrey and Kennedy: “America’s moral mission in the world; the great threat from China; the theory of monolithic Communist conspiracy; the susceptibility of political problems to military solutions; the duty to impose American idealism upon foreign cultures” calling them “myths and misconceptions, so damaging in their consequences.”

McCarthy was attacking the very heart of American global power — its over-ambition, its pretensions of global leadership, and its hyper-inflated view of American strength, interests, and capabilities. On the campaign trail, he spoke of recognizing Communist China; he called the Cold War “a concept . . . which has outlived its usefulness,” and he even took on the “huge, powerful, and somewhat autonomous military establishment whose influence reaches into almost every aspect of our national life.”

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