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That is what all of us must learn to do in the United States; to limit objectives, to get ourselves away from the absolute, to find out what is within our powers.




Dean Acheson, 1893-1971, U.S. Secretary of State (Democrat), Speech, National War College, December 1949

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Dean Acheson
Dean Acheson
  • Born: April 11, 1893
  • Died: October 12, 1971
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Statesman

Dean Gooderham Acheson was an American statesman and lawyer. As United States Secretary of State in the administration of President Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953, he played a central role in defining American foreign policy during the Cold War. Acheson helped design the Marshall Plan and was a key player in the development of the Truman Doctrine and creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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