Sunday Morning Quotation(s)

George Kennan (the father of containment) from American Diplomacy:

There seems to be a curious American tendency to search, at all times, for a single external center of evil, to which all our troubles can be attributed, rather than to recognize that there might be multiple sources of resistance to our purposes and undertakings, and that these sources might be relatively independent of each other.  (pg. 174)


. . . .the ruling of distant peoples is not our dish.  In this case, there are many things we Americans should beware of, and among them is the acceptance of any sort of paternalistic responsibility to anyone, be it even in the form of military occupation, if we can possibly avoid it, or for any period longer than is absolutely necessary.  (pg. 19) 

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