Monday, March 24, 2014
P.S.--what the real Ambassador thinks
It is interesting to compare my imagining of what Kennan might have advised the government with today's op-ed by our most recent Ambassador to Russia. In my opinion it displays all the worst aspects of contemporary American diplomatic thinking: an utter inability to grasp that Putin might have a case, an eagerness to escalate the confrontation further (see his comments on Ukraine), and a vain fantasy that the Russian people are not, in fact behind what Putin is doing. The Ambassador feels it is our duty not to rest until the entire world has accepted that Washington knows best. That is not the kind of diplomacy I learned to appreciate first hand as a kid.