October 8, 2012
The Lie That Screwed Up 50 Years of U.S. Foreign Policy
Leslie Gelb, Foreign Policy
Kennedy's victory in the messy and inconclusive Cold War naturally came to dominate the politics of U.S. foreign policy. It deified military power and willpower and denigrated the give-and-take of diplomacy. It set a standard for toughness and risky dueling with bad guys that could not be matched -- because it never happened in the first place.
TAGGED: Russia, Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, John F. Kennedy, Cuba, United States