No to Morality
George F. Kennan, in Foreign Affairs (Winter 1985/86), 58 East 68th St., New York, N.Y. 10024.
"Whenever one has- the agreeable sensation of being impressively moral, one probably is not."
Such is Washington's chief conundrum, observes Kennan, professor emeritus at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies. U.S. policy- makers, or those who would guide them, have consistently come up short in attempts to apply "morality" to foreign policy.
To begin with, notes Kennan, there...