George F. Kennan Quotes

To my mind, the nuclear bomb is the most useless weapon ever invented. It can be employed to no rational purpose. It is not even an effective defense against itself. It is only something with which, in a moment of petulance or panic, you commit such fearful acts of destruction as no sane person would […]

When you are talking about absurd and preposterous quantities of overkill, the relationship size of arsenals has no serious meaning.

California reminds me of the popular American Protestant concept of Heaven: there is always a reasonable flow of new arrivals; one meets many – not all – of one’s friends; people spend a good deal of their time congratulating one another about the fact that they are there; discontent would be unthinkable; and the newcomer […]

We have about 60% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. We need not […]