The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland
The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland3,8 5 5 Forfatter: Gretchen Heefner Oplæser: Susan Boyce
By scattering the missiles in out-of-the-way places, the Defense Department kept the chilling calculus of Cold War nuclear strategy out of view. This subterfuge was necessary, Gretchen Heefner argues, in order for Americans to accept a costly nuclear buildup and the resulting threat of Armageddon. As for the ranchers, farmers, and other civilians in the Plains states who were first seduced by the economics of war and then forced to live in the Soviet crosshairs, their sense of citizenship was forever changed. Some were stirred to dissent. Others consented but found their proud Plainsindividualism giving way to a growing dependence on the military-industrial complex. Even today, some communities express reluctance to let the Minutemengo, though the Air Force no longer wants them buried in the heartland.
Complicating a red state / blue state reading of American politics, Heefner’s account helps to explain the deep distrust of government found in many western regions and also an addiction to defense spending which, for many local economies, seems inescapable.
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