Think of this as Volume 15, Number 3 of A-Clue.com, the online newsletter I've written since 1997. Enjoy.
Everyone who engaged in it knew what they were doing was important. Those who opposed either war, like Clement Vanlandingham or Charles Lindbergh, were swept away and the movements they represented tossed down the memory hole.
The Cold War was different.
The Cold War was a long, twilight struggle, engaged in mostly through proxies, and it was always controversial. It defined the differences between America's parties, mainly because Republicans wanted it that way. Any objection, whether tentative or tactical, whether couched diplomatically or screamed on a street corner, led to proponents rejecting not just the speech but the speaker. They had to cry treason, they felt, because without absolute unity we might lose.
There was never the kind of absolute unity the Cold War's proponents demanded. Yet we won.
Since the height of the Vietnam war protest movement, I believe America has been engaged in a Civil Cold War. Like that other Cold War, it is mainly fought by proxy. Those behind the struggle never suffer, seldom die. That's the proxies' job. You don't become a hero by dying for your country -- you become one by making the other son of a bitch die for his country.