late wrote:What's not amazing is people not knowing what they are talking about.
After the war, we had no idea about how we were going to deal with Russia. Turned out there was one guy, George F Kennan, that did know. The Cold War was his idea, and at heart it was about economics. The economy of the USSR collapsed.
History involves a certain amount of work, and you clearly haven't done your homework...
Oh dear! Another Liberal who can parrot a few sound bites from the Liberal school of fantasy and misinformation and imagines that they have some great knowledge.
First off it was not how to deal with Russia but how to do deal with the Soviet Union. There has been this filthy racist lie that Russians were responsible for Communism and imposed it on the non Russian minorities. The Bolshevik leadership was over represented in minorities. The Red Army was lead by a jew the first Secret Police was led by Pole. Latvian riflemen were key to the regimes survival in its first few weeks. It was the presence of German troops, both regular troops and then after the November 1918, Frei Korps units that swung the balance and kept Finland and the Baltics free from Communist rule.
At the end of the World War II the SU was led by Georgian. His secret police chief and the man who would replace him was another Georgian. His successor Khrushchev became a Communist when he was living in the Ukraine, becoming chairman of the local Soviet.
Good god the idea that Kennan was some master strategic genius. he was just a vast egotist who couldn't ever admit that he was wrong and he's become the go to cover up for Liberal cowardice appeasement and treachery in relation to the Communists. Kennan argued that Soviet union was an utterly impotent military threat after world war II, yet at the same time the US dare not send troops to Greece in case it provoked a Soviet intervention. Under Truman we lost China. this was the time of Kennan's greatest influence. Truman let the military run down, so when the communists launched their aggressive expansionist invasion of South Korea the military had to be hastily rebuilt back up.