2/2 The Kennan Sweepstakes for a Grand Mission. James Astill @TheEconomist

Sep 15, 2021, 12:18 AM

Photo: NATO's purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.*   Here:  Moldovan stamp in honor of NATO.

2/2  The Kennan Sweepstakes for a Grand Mission. James Astill @TheEconomist
American policy. How America wasted its unipolar moment.

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* George F. Kennan, a career Foreign Service Officer, formulated the policy of “containment,” the basic United States strategy for fighting the cold war (1947–1989) with the Soviet Union.  Kennan’s ideas, which became the basis of the Truman administration’s foreign policy, first came to public attention in 1947 in the form of an anonymous contribution to the journal Foreign Affairs, the so-called “X-Article.” 
             To that end, he called for countering “Soviet pressure against the free institutions of the Western world” through the “adroit and vigilant application of counter-force at a series of constantly shifting geographical and political points, corresponding to the shifts and maneuvers of Soviet policy.”
            . . . In fact, Kennan advocated defending above all else the world’s major centers of industrial power against Soviet expansion: Western Europe, Japan, and the United States. Others criticized Kennan’s policy for being too defensive. 
            Remarkably applical to today.