American Legion compares NSC-68 to challenges with modern day China

American Legion Director of the Media & Communications Jeff Stoffer, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the November issue of The American Legion Magazine.

He spoke about an article on the NSC-68 Report issued in 1950 that outlined the nation’s approach to the post-World War II spread of communism and how those same lessons can be applied today. He also discussed an article detailing the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as its 100th anniversary is Nov. 11.

National report on post-World War II communism has modern day parallels

Though the NSC-68 Report came out more than 70 years ago, it has numerous parallels that can be applied to today as the nation faces increased hostility from China and Russia, Stoffer said.

At the time the report was written, all eyes were focused on the global competition brewing between capitalism and communism. It laid out a roadmap of how to block Soviet expansion by all means short of war, and concluded that maintaining a strong military the U.S. could keep the U.S.S.R. in check and foster a world where democracy and an open market would thrive.

While during the Cold War, the U.S.S.R., East Germany and other communist nations were walled off from the west, unlike today, where modern China is intertwined with the U.S. economy, Stoffer added.

The article lays out several sets of values between China, Russia and the Taliban and how those values compare with the U.S.S.R. of the 1950s. It draws attention to prison and work camps. It points out the U.S. must assert its values of freedom, justice and tolerance in order to sustain an environment for democracy to foster.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier celebrates 100th anniversary

“The Unknown Soldier’s Stormy Voyage Home” is an article in the November issue of The American Legion Magazine that details the origins of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, interned at Arlington Cemetery on Nov. 11, 1921. It recounts a terrible storm that nearly sank the U.S. Olympic ship on its voyage from Europe returning the remains in 1920.

The article discusses the importance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and recognizes the sacrifices of those soldiers who gave their lives, but could not be identified. A national ceremony to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Tomb will take place on Veterans Day.


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