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The Regrets of the Architect of the Cold War

December 5, 2011 by

One Nation, Under Arms

“The private papers of the late George F. Kennan, Cold War architect and diplomat extraordinaire, reveal his anguish over the way his famous 1947 warning about Soviet expansionism helped transform the America he loved into one he no longer recognized: a national-security state. A half-century after a similarly historic warning—President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speech about the dangers of a powerful “military-industrial complex”—Todd S. Purdum shows how completely Kennan’s and Eisenhower’s worst fears have been realized, warping almost every aspect of society, deflecting attention from urgent problems, and splitting the country into two classes.”

Can someone explain to me why it is that Vanity Fair is the source of such great articles and investigations?


Rob Mandel December 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I would agree wholeheartedly with the author except where he says:

Kennan’s words helped prompt the abandonment of the settled understanding of American foreign policy that had prevailed since John Quincy Adams’s day—that the country “goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy”—in favor of a view of America as the world’s policeman.

That all started with the Span-Am war. Everything since has been one continuous expansion with a brief interlude in the late 20′s and early 30′s. In fact, few people appreciate how truly transformative that war really was on the US.

Old Boy December 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm
sallya December 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Whethere the war is in USA or not .It is not important now .

fakename December 6, 2011 at 3:17 am

Despite these and other failings (possibility of nuclear obliteration of man) I have a certain faith that the Cold War was rightly prosecuted; Our Lady of Fatima was not particularly worried about the immorality of the U.S.-Europe-Japan.

That being said, we’ve been the principle of a lot of bad stuff too: lies, infrastructure sabotage, some non-combatant deaths. But if we started being bad in the 1920s or 40s, then the soviets were worse all the more, since they est. their unreasonable dictatorship in 1917.

nate-m December 6, 2011 at 8:40 am

It’s all a huge mess. I don’t think there was much right about it at all. A lot of it can be justified, but a lot of it is just stupid beyond reason.

That being said, we’ve been the principle of a lot of bad stuff too: lies, infrastructure sabotage, some non-combatant deaths

A lot more then that. We over threw democratically elected governments of several countries in order to install favorable ‘banana republics’. Most of whom ended up killing and ‘disappearing’ lots of their own people. All sorts of really creepy and bad behavior. Much of which has come back to bite us in the ass over and over again.

Iran is a perfect example of this. CIA carried out operations for years there. We finance terrorist groups _to_this_day_ that operate in Iran. We literally overthrew their government once. Tried it several times after that. Purposely financed their enemies in major conflicts.

Example: 1953 we overthrew their elected government in favor for a Shah. Why? Because the British didn’t want to negotiate with the Iranian government for the oil they were pumping out of the country and the Iranians kicked them out. As a response the British started a international boycott against them and got us to help them overthrow their government and put friendlier one in. Of course we didn’t let the British companies back in after we won. We put USA owned corporations in charge of Iranian oil. The British were monopolists. We can’t have that.

We took over their government. Financed the coup. We put a Iranian pro-Nazi fascist general as prime minster. Paid him 100,000 up front, 5 mil. after he did the deed. Had their democratically elected officials executed. And then put our corporations in charge of exploiting their only significant natural resource.

Once people in the USA started realizing what happened the Federal Government mumbled something about stopping the Russians and the cold war and then everybody said ‘oh ok’ and then forgot about it. Not until 1979 or so, but by that time everybody just assumed all Arabs were evil bastards. Not that Iranians are Arabs, but they are close enough. Now nobody really cares because it is all ancient history to us.

If a country like France financed a coup d’état and sent secret agents in to bribe officials and put corrupt military ex-Nazi generals in charge of our government, installed a “King of America”, and had our elected president executed so that they could get cheaper grain shipments or put French owned corporations in charge of our steel mills and manufacturing plants then this is something I think we would be remembered for quite a while. I know I wouldn’t trust them to this day.

We did crazy shit like that all over the globe. It was just ridiculous. Financed a huge part of it buy supporting international trade in illicit drugs and weapons trading. Used the Cold War for justification. What is sad is that more and more we are able to access documentation and information on these sorts of things, but nobody is gives a crap. All old news.

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