”What bothers me is how superficial and ill informed the whole Senate debate was,” added Mr. Kennan, who was present at the creation of NATO and whose anonymous 1947 article in the journal Foreign Affairs, signed ”X,” defined America’s cold-war containment policy for 40 years. ”I was particularly bothered by the references to Russia as a country dying to attack Western Europe. Don’t people understand? Our differences in the cold war were with the Soviet Communist regime. And now we are turning our backs on the very people who mounted the greatest bloodless revolution in history to remove that Soviet regime.
”And Russia’s democracy is as far advanced, if not farther, as any of these countries we’ve just signed up to defend from Russia,” said Mr. Kennan, who joined the State Department in 1926 and was U.S. Ambassador to Moscow in 1952. ”It shows so little understanding of Russian history and Soviet history. Of course there is going to be a bad reaction from Russia, and then [the NATO expanders] will say that we always told you that is how the Russians are — but this is just wrong.”
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Even after the armistice was signed ending World War I, the doughboys clashed with Russian forces 100 years ago
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I’d like to start by going back to the end of World War II — to the days when the weaponization of nationalism was just beginning to crystalize as an American foreign policy strategy.
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By Yasha Levine, AlterNet
This article was originally posted by AlterNet.
The Tea Party movement’s dirty little secret is that its chief financial backers owe…
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I’m launching a new project that looks at how America weaponizes nationalism and immigrant communities.
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American meddling in Ukraine goes a lot deeper than Trump’s crude attempt to squeeze kompromat from the country’s new president.
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Netanyahu Gives Putin Disputed Old City Church in Exchange for Jailed Israeli Woman | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | David Israel | 25 Tevet 5780 – January 22, 2020 | JewishPress.com
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Israel took control of it, along with the rest of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War.
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Microsoft plans to establish its first cloud region in Israel, Microsoft announced Wednesday. The Israel cloud region, set to launch in 2021, will be the company’s 56th region in the world.
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China is a land of bullet trains and rising standards of living, in contrast to the decay of the imperial center, the United States.
“Pollution and income and wealth inequality remains problems for ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics.’”
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