Thursday, August 28, 2008

Frustration is

Being stuck in an upper level foreign policy class in which we watched a video (Prof was gone at a conference) that drew parallels between Kennan and Nitze, essentially portraying them as similar thinkers, while simultaneously reading a book (for fun) highlighting the distinct differences between Kennan's original idea of containment and the actual implementation of that idea as laid out in NSC-68. Implying that Kennan was an architect of the unlimited, military-centric containment as laid out in NSC-68 and practiced by the Truman administration post-Korea is more than a bit disingenuous, especially for what's supposed to be an upper level class.

Hopefully the discussion next week will be a little more enlightening, but I'm not optimistic.