Ever since Bush/Cheney ushered in the "war is fun"era, the Right has absolutely fawned over everything Churchillian. The invoke Churchill when they want to berate others for supposed appeasement. They channel Winnie's spirit to help them through the dark moments. They glibly contend that, if Churchill had managed to get his way, Hitler would have been stopped in his tracks and, who knows, WWII might have been averted altogether.
Yes, Winnie the peacemaker. That's the spirit. Except that, after the war, Churchill really, really, really wanted to nuke Russia.
Winston Churchill urged the United States to launch a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union to win the Cold War, a newly released document reveals.
The previously unseen memorandum from the FBI archives details how Britain’s wartime leader made his views known to a visiting American politician in 1947.
Churchill believed a pre-emptive strike on Stalin’s Russia might be the only way to stop Communism conquering the West.
The note, written by an FBI agent, reports that Churchill urged Right-wing Republican Senator Styles Bridges to persuade President Harry Truman to launch a nuclear attack which would ‘wipe out’ the Kremlin and make the Soviet Union a ‘very easy problem’ to deal with.
The Russians would have been defenceless against a nuclear attack at that time – they did not successfully test their own atomic bomb until 1949.
The note continues: ‘He pointed out that if an atomic bomb could be dropped on the Kremlin, wiping it out, it would be a very easy problem to handle the balance of Russia, which would be without direction.
‘Churchill further stated that if this was not done, Russia will attack the United States in the next two or three years when she gets the atomic bomb and civilisation will be wiped out or set back many years.’
Too bad the old bugger didn't live long enough to witness the evolution of today's permanent warfare state. That he would've loved.