by Morley Evans
Quora asks: Why didn't the United States attack the Soviet Union after World War II (as General Patton suggested it should)? The time wasn't right. But the idea was never abandoned.
After John F. Kennedy became the U.S. President in 1961, Four Star General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented a plan created by the Joint Chiefs to nuke the Soviet Union.
Using the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the United States had the capability to deliver nukes throughout the Soviet Union at a time before the Soviets had any ICBMs capable of striking the United States. General Lemnitzer approved Operation Northwoods which proposed a series of false flag attacks that were intended to pave the way for annihilating Cuba and communism there. This plan followed Operation Mongoose which ended in the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Castro invited the Soviet Union to install missiles to defend Cuba from Washington.
These Soviet weapons were equivalent to American missiles that had been installed in Turkey and were aimed at the Soviet Union. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy nixed the plans of the Joint Chiefs and fired General Lemnitzer who went on to become the Supreme Commander of NATO. Kennedy also fired Allan Dulles who was head of the CIA. Robert F. Kennedy, the Attorney General, delighted in yanking the chain of J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI chief. The Kennedys ridiculed the Vice President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, as "Uncle Cornpone," while assigning him to demeaning tasks that he hated doing and that he felt were beneath an important person like himself. Powerful enemies within the American government assassinated John Kennedy in Dallas in November 1963. Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 by the same interests. Both murders followed templates in the CIA playbook.
Kosygin and Brezhnev replaced Khrushchev after squeezing him out. Castro continued serving Washington's interests as a useful bogeyman for American foreign policy and domestic politics. Lyndon Baines Johnson created the War in Vietnam, gave nuclear weapons technology to Israel, destroyed Nasserism and the pan-Arab movement, and supported the overthrow of Sukarno which required a bloodbath in Indonesia. Millions of Indonesians were slaughtered "to make the world safe for democracy." LBJ made the American military-industrial complex very happy and very rich. Johnson introduced Civil Rights legislation — which, as the "king of the Senate," he had blocked from being enacted. Johnson supported NASA as well as Civil Rights putting a wholesome gloss on his Presidency, November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969.
As the self-proclaimed "leader of the free world," the United States continued securing its position as world hegemon using high finance, low bribery, assassinations with covert operations, mass media propaganda, rigged elections, coup d'état, and military muscle when necessary.