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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - George Kennan
Robert Gellately's incisive work could well be titled, "Stalin's Worst Blunder." It is the story of how his rejection of Marshall Plan aid in 1947, both for the Soviet Union and the Eastern European nations falling under its domination, precipitated the Cold War and eventually led to the economic collapse of the Soviet bloc.
Drawing a contrast between himself and Capitol Hill Republicans whom he tied to a longtime "war caucus," Sen. Rand Paul called Wednesday for a "saner, more balanced" approach to foreign policy that strikes a balance between neoconservative and isolationist thinking.
In the five months since his biography of Cold War diplomat George Kennan came out, John Lewis Gaddis has been toasted as a master historian, and roasted as a conservative who minimized Kennan's liberal tendencies.
Of all the tiresome cliches of American politics, none is more irritating than the myth of the Cold War and that George F. Kennan and Paul Nitze wrestled for the nation's strategic soul.
George Kennan has called World War I "the original catastrophe." And indeed it was, as it destroyed old and fairly stable empires and led to World War II, a global conflict of incredible carnage, destruction and genocide that challenges our very definition of what it means to be human.
It did not fit his myth-image of "inveterate hawk," even though, at the end, George Kennan agreed with him.
He wrote poetry and played guitars.