His thinking was so unique and unpredictable, his ideas so variegated and inconsistent — and at times beyond the pale — that it was impossible for him to be welcomed wholeheartedly into Cold War policymaking.
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Had Truman gauged capabilities with no reference to ideology and intentions, he might have given way to the Soviets in Berlin rather than ordering the airlift. Kennan Finally and most importantly, the two papers differed on the question of political or military containment.
He accepted the logic of America attempting to influence Asian affairs, but he warned against the belief that Asia was integral to U. Kennan took defeats bitterly and personally.
Paul Nitze was garrulous, an intense man of action.
At this party meant to honor and celebrate his life, Kennan took the opportunity to explain why containment failed, saying that it took too long to get results and the costs were too high.