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In the real world, the US global planning has always been sophisticated and careful, as you’d expect from a major superpower with a highly centralized and class conscious dominant social group. Their power in turn, is rooted in their ownership and management of the economy, as is the norm in most societies. During Second World War, American planners were well aware that the United States was going to emerge as a world-dominant power, in a position of hegemony that had few historical parallels, and they organized and met in order to deal with this situation. From 1939 to 1945, extensive studies were conducted by the Council on Foreign Relations and the State Department. One group was called the War-Peace Studies Group, which met for six years and produced extensive geopolitical analyses and plans. The Council on Foreign Relations is essentially the business input to foreign policy planning. These groups also involved every top planner in the State Department, with the exception of the Secretary of State. The conception that they developed is what they called ‘Grand Area’ planning. The Grand Area was a region that was to be subordinated to the needs of the American economy. As one planner put it, it was to be the region that is “strategically necessary for world control.” The geopolitical analysis held that the Grand Area had to include at least the Western Hemisphere, the Far East, and the former British Empire, which we were then in the process of dismantling and taking over ourselves. This is what is called ‘anti-imperialism’ in American scholarship. Detailed plans were laid for particular regions of the Grand Area and also for international institutions that were to organize and police it, essentially in the interests of this subordination to the US domestic needs. The Grand Area was also to include western and southern Europe and the oil-producing regions of the Middle East; in fact, it was to include everything, if that were possible.
Reading Comprehension: Passage 11
America had no good history to be remembered
America would win the Second World War to become the super power
America would become one of the predominant countries, something which had not happened earlier
America would emerge a class conscious social group, which no country had ever been before
a detailed planning was done for regions of the Grand Area
America had always been a super power, even before the Second World War
the Secretary of State was not a part of the planning involved for the Grand Area
America's power lies in its ownership and management of economy
The sheer talent of managing their economy well
To fulfill certain US needs
The need for imperialism
Their intuition about America's rise after the Second World War
The Grand Area
American Global Planning
An Example of Anti-imperialism
The Making of the American Super Power