US state planner George Kennan in 1948: We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, raising of living standards, democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.
Fariborz-Zak 2013/04/13 07:24:00
The cold logic of this propensity was articulated clearly by US state planner George F Kennan in 1948: “We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
In other words, Kennan was candidly admitting what US political leaders often dissimulate with fake rhetoric; that the US ruling elite has no interest in defending democracy, human rights or international law. The purpose is control of economic power, in accord with capitalist laws of motion.
Kennan, who was one of the main architects of US foreign policy in the post-Second World War era, also noted with candidness and prescience:
“Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”
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