In this essay, I explore the half-buried history of the creation of the CIA, the muscle of the Deep State whose heart beats to keep alive the predatory grasp of Wall St.
The great irony of this history is that the man most responsible for creating the Deep State is honored today as a "decent" man who warned us of the dangers of the Military/Industrial Complex, while creating a secret army disguised by the mantle of intelligence gathering and who threatened both the Soviet Union and China with nuclear war unless they submitted to his demands, after building up the US nuclear arsenal to back up these threats.
This history takes us beneath the myth of "I Like Ike". I once liked him before I learned the real history behind his Lorelei propaganda tunes. Stripping away the mythology, we find the intensification of the Cold War that Truman started when he nuked two Japanese cities after Japan (as Eisenhower and all the top brass told Truman) had sued for peace and was no longer able to fight. We also find the nuclear arms race that since the late 40's has created the nightmare (I literally grew up with nightly nightmares about a nuclear attack and at age 10 joined a civil observation mission which scanned the skies of my remote desert town for signs of Commie aircraft) that we call, hoping that all nuclear powers will always have rational leaders, MAD, or Mutually Assured Destruction. It would take only one mad leader, and the world today has several, to make of MAD an illusion. Today, there are two leaders who have threatened to use nuclear weapons in a first strike: Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump.
But the doctrine of a first strike (after Truman's war crimes) goes back to the beloved general and President, Dwight Eisenhower. This essay will trace the parallel creation of the Deep State (or Shadow Government) and the rise of the Doctrine of First Strike of Nuclear weapons.
When Eisenhower ran for President, having told Truman that nuking Japan was militarily unjustified and a huge mistake, he ran as a peace candidate. Like Donald Trump, who also put on the peace mantle, he hid beneath his costume a plan to cut conventional defense by replacing it with nuclear weapons and using them to bully our "enemies," which under the Eisenhower Doctrine were not only the Communist nations but any nation that dared declare itself neutral ("swimming between two reefs") or independent.
The nuclear build up under Eisenhower, disguised as a reduction in defense spending (spending did go down as nuclear production skyrocketed), was used to threaten China and the Soviet Union, and the Deep State, under the Dulles brothers, whom Eisenhower selected to create the modern CIA as a paramilitary force used to assassinate and conduct covert wars, and to design US policy of hegemony backed up by nuclear superiority, thus became the secret muscle behind the heartbeat not only of US domination but of the Wall St interests that the Dulles brothers represented.
Thus the Deep State, rooted in the desire to conduct secret wars to protect US corporate interests, was backed up by the buildup of nuclear capacity which was used to intimidate the other major powers that were seen, despite evidence to the contrary, as threats to US security. What was really at stake was not the national security of the US but the corporate interests of Wall St, Big Oil, and the Military/Intelligence/Industrial Complex that Eisenhower is famous for having warned us about. The truth is, he created both the doctrine of opposition to all alternatives to capitalistic rule and US control and the nuclear muscle to support it, as the sinews of the Deep State, anchored in the Dulles CIA, to protect US hegemony and, to identify it in economic terms, US financial and corporate interests.