Kennan's Reappraisal

Straight, Michael
September 1954
New Republic;9/27/54, Vol. 131 Issue 13, p18
This article focuses on the book "Realities of American Foreign Policy," by George F. Kennan. In a brief review of the past, Kennan retraces the origins of utopianism in the pretensions of Victorian America. First Kennan condemns the current utopianism. He holds that "many of our traditional American concepts as to what sort of a world we ought now to be seeking must be recognized at once as irrelevant and ill-conceived." Next Kennan turns to condemn the parallel attitude in current American diplomacy, of denial of principle; reliance on military force, and acceptance of the inevitability of atomic war.


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