The Cold War brought us a national-security state, which consists of an enormous military establishment, a vast military-industrial complex, an empire of foreign and domestic military bases, ever-growing military budgets, and the ever-increasing militarization of American society.
In his Farewell Address in 1960, President Eisenhower pointed out that type of governmental system was alien to the American way of life. By that he meant that the national-security state was no part of America's governmental system when the Constitution called the federal government into existence and for the next 160 years. It was called into existence for the sole purpose of waging the Cold War against America's World War II partner and ally, the Soviet Union.
Several days ago, the New York Times made a startling admission. Quoting a former high U.S. official, the Times pointed out that the communist regime in North Korea is also a national-security state.
Thus, "victory" in the Cold War ended up giving America the same type of totalitarian governmental apparatus that exists in North Korea albeit not as oppressive and intrusive — a national-security state apparatus that was no part of America's constitutional system for the first century-and-a-half of our nation's existence.
As Eisenhower also told Americans, a military-industrial complex poses a grave threat to a nation's freedom and well-being. Just ask the North Koreans. Or the Egyptians, whose governmental system is also based on the national-security state model.