Seriously, this Grandin fellow is just the limit. The number of utterly idiotic statements he can produce in a fairly short space is impressive.
When Castro sent troops to Angola, that was a wonderful thing to do because those miserable Cubans (dragged all the way to Africa against their will and spat at by the dictatorship afterwards, by the way) were fighting for “freedom.” When Kissinger gets the CIA involved in Angola in some unspecified way, that’s horrible because that’s not about fighting for “freedom.”
The USSR never engaged in the arms race, not even in the 1950s.
The US could have and should have just stopped participating in the Cold War.
The US should have demilitarized in the 1970s and used that money to prevent the global economic crisis of the second half of the decade.
I’m having to force myself through his rambling mess of a book whose only organizing principle is the author’s extreme incapacity to notice that people who don’t happen to be American are fully human.