[PEN-L:1593] George Kennan

DamonMac at aol.com DamonMac at aol.com
Wed Dec 16 21:47:23 PST 1998

Kennan was also the one who later lamented that " the image of a Stalinist Russia poised and yearning to attack the West, and deterred only by (America's) possession of atomic weapons, was largely a creation of the Western imagination." He cautioned against "demonizing the adversary, overestimating enemy strength and overmilitarizing the Western response." He goes on to say that ". . . the West did not . . . win the Cold War through geopolitical containment and military deterrence ..." or by " . . . the Reagan military buildup . . . Instead 'victory' came when a new generation of Soviet leaders realized how badly their system at home and their policies abroad had failed." He doesn't sound like too much of a hawk to me.


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