U.S. Officials: Ukraine May Have To Negotiate
Just over a quarter of a century ago, George Kennan—the chief architect of the U.S. Cold War policy—published an Opinion in the New York Times (A Fateful Error, Feb. 5, 1997) about the folly of expanding NATO up to Russia’s borders.
Based on elementary “balance of power”principles, he perceived that expanding a military alliance (with accompanying military installations) all the way to Russia would result in precisely the instability—and ultimately the war—that the proponents of the policy proclaimed they wished to prevent.
Everyone knows the U.S. government would never tolerate a Russian military alliance with accompanying military installations anywhere the western hemisphere, never mind right on the U.S. mainland’s border. Since the 19th century, the U.S. government hasn’t tolerated ANY military alliances with European powers anywhere near the territory of the United States.
In 1917, German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman sent an encrypted telegram to the Mexican government in which he proposed a military alliance against the United States. The British navy intercepted and decrypted it, and when it was published i
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