I became Stalin chapter 231
“How many times do you think the US economy will be as large as the USSR?”
“Literally. How big is the gap between the US and the USSR?”
Members of the Politburo were deeply troubled.
“I estimate it to be about 50% bigger. Comrade Secretary General.”
“Not that much, maybe 20% or so… In terms of overall national power… .”
Everyone made their own optimistic claims, but they were still far from reality.
As 1946 was already ending, Khrushchev, who was going to analyze and announce economic data, seemed to know the answer roughly, but he understood my intentions and quickly shut his mouth.
“Now, it has been calculated that we are roughly over half and close to 60%… .”
“Yes?? Is that enough?”
“Yes. It’s still a long way away, folks! Ha ha ha ha ha!”
Of course, I didn’t know if the communist bloc, that is, former Germany-France-North Italy-Eastern Europe, would be worth a fight with the United States.
Potential allies India, North China, and the Middle East countries were equal if you add them up somehow.
However, the United States also had numerous allies around the world, and the Soviet power was still far from the United States.
“That… I thought that what it looked like from the outside was almost equal, so I shortened it a bit, but there was still a long gap.”
“We didn’t even know the gap would be so big.”
“The important thing is that there must still be a gap. We need to make America underestimate us as much as possible.”
Everyone swallowed their saliva.
The United States was our best ally, but our greatest enemy. There were many reasons for continuing to pursue a policy of peace with the United States.
It was fine now that the US had a pro-Soviet Wallace government, but the polls continued to run strange. Everyone who knew the content began to get nervous.
“Everyone knows that the primary race for the US presidential election is slowly starting. That… That bastard is coming back again.”
The other Politburo members giggled when Borosilov was stared at while making a gesture of vomiting without noticing. Not necessarily because they were hostile countries, but simply because they were humanly abhorrent, so all members of the Politburo hated MacArthur and McCarthy.
There were not many literate people among the literate who liked McCarthy’s propaganda, who tried to politically exploit things that could be useful to the people, such as vaccines, or MacArthur, who was just leaving the country ignoring civilian control on the subject of generals.
But not all Americans were so savvy.
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“The Lord will punish a government that cooperates with the evil Soviet Union. Hallelujah! Amen! Amen! Long live General MacArthur!”
One of the most influential forces in America’s vote was devout Christians.
They expressed a strong dislike for the current government, which is so-called ‘the redneck’. Christians from Eastern Europe who fled the Soviet Union and emigrated to the United States were also different from mainstream American denominations, but they also stimulated anti-Soviet sentiment.
And this time around, MacArthur-McCarthy, who wants to run for president as the Republican champion, tried to make them his best friend.
“Hahahaha, thank you. With you, America will be safe. There are evil rednecks and atheists in Washington over there, but if I become president, I will return to you the sovereignty of this holy nation of America!”
“I didn’t get any vaccines on Jimmy, just like McCarthy said! But Jimmy is growing up so healthy. It’s all thanks to the Lord’s help.”
At a local event hosted by McCarthy, these passionate evangelicals gathered and talked about how to “evangelize” the region.
Nevertheless, various daily life agendas and local agendas were often coming and going. Neighbors who dare not even know the subject, install vaccinations, which are evil plots of gangsters, and problems such as house prices and school problems that keep falling and falling.
“Those bastards said they went to war, and they’re the kind of thing… .”
“Ha! They know what a great hero they are, not in battle, but in cleaning behind the scenes. When I was in the army, bastards couldn’t even get their hands on a gun… .”
As their complaints began to erupt one by one, the venue quickly turned into a scene of accusing the “corrupted American society”.
“bastards come out thinking they are human beings just like white people. You must give them a stinging taste!”
“It’s all because of the Soviets. Those horrendous Scythians have done their best to ruin the world!”
“We must send all the stinky Chinese, all the savage, mean Japs back to Asia! Why the hell did you give so much money to China? .”
“character! character! If you vote for the Republican Party in the next election, all your complaints will be resolved. MacArthur as president!”
At the meeting again enthusiastic cheers erupted.
“MacArthur! MacArthur! McCarthy! McCarthy!”
“Wow! hurray! hurray!”
This atmosphere was often seen in the cities as well as the rural areas of the south. Of course, the direction of dissatisfaction was different in the South, such as dissatisfaction with the US internal policy and the conservatives dissatisfied with the diplomatic route in the city.
“If Britain no longer had the status of a great power as a colonial empire, with whom would the United States face the Soviet Union?
“The Wallace administration is only playing with the Soviet deception policy. We can never coexist!”
The upper class of the city, who had an instinctive rejection of the Soviet Union, chewed up Wallace’s line like that. The wealthy, who admired Britain’s aristocratic culture or imitated the lives of the upper class in Europe, criticized the US’ non-intervention policy, saying that they should help the British Empire.
“The colony natives are the ones who can’t be taught no matter what. If the British who had been leading them step down, shouldn’t we have to bear that burden?”
“Maybe the sulfide theory is correct. Those terrible savages of the East are destroying the world… .”
Some even spoke seriously about the sulfur theory, arguing that the Soviet Union would subjugate the civilized world under terrible Asian-Bolshevism.
Even if the colonies become independent, what if they all fall into the hands of the Soviet Union?
Seeing the establishment of a pro-Soviet Communist Party and a nationalist coalition government in Indonesia, which just became independent, and a chain of pro-Soviet states in the Middle East, some conservative intellectuals thought so.
“Wallace’s foreign policy is a total failure!”
“America will no longer be able to influence the world!”
X, George Kennan of the US Department of State, wrote for Foreign Affairs The Origins of Soviet Action (aka the Long Telegram), which exploded these debates.
Arguments that the Soviet Union should be excluded from the geopolitical center hit American politics, and arguments began to emerge that “weak and timid” Wallace was unfit for president.
McCarthy’s argument that the State Department and hundreds of thugs in the administration are savage has once again gained strength.
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“It’s almost astonishing… .”
Wallace moaned while holding his head at the State Council meeting. With Republican propaganda, his approval ratings were dwindling.
The Democrats started looking for other candidates saying they would lose the election as Wallace, and even more talk about leaving the Republican Party. The White House was at a loss as to what to do.
Should the most criticized pro-Soviet diplomacy be abandoned?
“Damn, are you doing this without knowing that if we build an angle here, the colonies will be completely tilted? Are you guys really going to do that after being elected?”
There were not a few people who insisted that “the influence of the United States is gradually diminishing by playing with the rednecks” and actively fighting the Soviet Union.
But it was literally a suicide goal.
Even if the colonial regimes were pro-Soviet, there was no hostility to the US as the Soviet Union and the US worked hand in hand and got along like good friends. In fact, the Indonesian government reached out to the United States for economic development and asked for cooperation.
But is it really necessary here to help Britain invade India and wreak havoc in the Third World?
“Korea and Yugoslavia are cooperating with us as much as we can… .”
They did not see the reality at all.
Countries friendly with the Soviet Union approached the United States rather than being sucked into the huge gravitational field of the Soviet Union.
In the Far East, South Korea, in Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, and in the Middle East, countries such as Kurdistan and Palestine have sought diplomatically “higher-level cooperation” with the United States.
Although these countries nationalized their large domestic capitals, they chose an economic system somewhere between socialism and capitalism and opened their doors to trade with the United States.
It has always been politicians who cry out for the Soviet threat politically. Rather, businesspeople liked the current diplomatic route, except for the big trusts that want to eat up the country’s key industrial facilities.
If the Soviet Union immediately imposed export restrictions and tried to kill them, it was obvious that American domestic industries would fail.
“And why are these idiots out of the UK like this!”
The patient Wallace eventually threw the State Council agenda report. Despite becoming a powerful person as the president of the United States, nothing was working properly.
“… They say they’ve put a lot of work into it.”
“Are you still holding hands with the fascists? Don’t you see the international community’s attention?”
You think you’re still in the 19th century? Wallace said so and was courageous.
Now, legitimacy and justification were more important than anything else. Under the principle of national self-determination, the colonies demanded independence one by one, but the grounds for stopping them and continuing their exploitation were very poor.
The United States thus opted to peacefully sell its products and establish a pro-American regime to indirectly control it.
However, Britain did not give up directly maintaining the colony. Do you think that if you let it go, it will eventually lean towards the US or the USSR? It seemed all too obvious that Britain could no longer acknowledge that it could no longer be the powerhouse that ruled the world.
A government that tries to maintain a colony because of its prestige, a people who cannot face reality because of the glory of the ‘Empire’. Countless people who do not want to get out of their world no matter how hard they try to persuade them.
It is the role of politicians to persuade them and carry out their claims, but the burden was too heavy.
Wallace, who had already been stamped with red flags, was unable to do anything at all because of what he was going to do, because he was a Soviet instigator.
“What shall I do… .”
Roosevelt, who had left him like this, was somewhat resentful.
I became Stalin chapter 231