Massive retaliatory power

On January 12, 1954, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles announced in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations that the United States would protect its allies through the “deterrent of massive retaliatory power.” The policy announcement was further evidence of the Eisenhower administration’s decision to rely heavily on the nation’s nuclear arsenal as the primary means of defense against communist aggression.

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When an American politician really sought Russia’s help with an election

Beyond an anonymous leak to the CIA-owned Washington Post, there is no evidence that Russia had anything to do with Donald Trump’s election; much less that “Russian hackers” tilted the election to Trump or were the source of Democrat email leaks or that Trump sought Russia’s help. But there was an American politician who actually sought Russian help with influencing American presidential politics.

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FDR’s silver confiscation

Not many people know about FDR’s Executive Order 6814, signed on August 9, 1934, that “required all persons to deliver [their silver] to the U.S. government.” Like the gold confiscation – which was sold to Americans as a way to stimulate the economy but was instead a scheme to allow the Federal Reserve to print more money – the silver confiscation allowed the Fed to print more money (this time coins.)

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The U.S. -Mexican War and its consequences

The Mexican-American war had many far-reaching consequences beyond the acquisition of territory from Mexico. The anti-slavery faction sought to prohibit slavery in any territory won during the war, and the dispute over the expansion of slavery in new territories kept the Northern and Southern states at each other up to the Southern secession. It also provided a training ground for many men who would distinguish themselves in the war of Northern Aggression.

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