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Parsing George Kennan

tells usTimesForeign AffairsP.S.article
My interest is in what an old man of the establishment then wants to do. He wants to achieve "a more workable consensus behind our policy towards the Soviet Union." When I hear the word "consensus," in such a context, I reach for my water pistol. It is always the conviction of the George F. Kennans, which seems to grow stronger with their own debilitation, that a consensus may somehow be manufactured to paste over differences.