Permanent, Orderly, and Legitimate

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

In perceiving the Soviet Union as permanent, orderly, and legitimate, Robert Kaplan says, Kissinger shared a failure of analysis with the rest of the foreign-policy elite — notably excepting a few insightful individuals:

  • the scholar and former head of the State Department’s policy-planning staff George Kennan,
  • the Harvard historian Richard Pipes,
  • the British scholar and journalist Bernard Levin, and
  • the Eureka College graduate Ronald Reagan.

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