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This office has in recent decades, in my view, been seriously misused and distorted

by the President and the White House Kennan was certainly right in Powell’s case. The President and Vice President—Bush and Cheney used Powell’s and the State Department’s credibility to have Powell tell the United Nations and the American Public that there was incontrovertible evidence that Iraq has a nuclear weapon about to be deployed thus justifying the American invasion of Iraq, However, this was untrue. Not only was there no nuclear bomb almost ready for deployment, there was no nuclear development program in Iraq at all.

George F. Kennan, 1904-2005, Historian & U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Yugoslavia Advice to Newly Appointed Secretary of State Colin Powell, Quoted in The Atlantic, December 2013

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George F. Kennan
George F. Kennan
  • Born: February 16, 1904
  • Died: March 17, 2005
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Historian

George Frost Kennan was an American diplomat and historian. He was best known as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion during the Cold War. He lectured widely and wrote scholarly histories of the relations between the USSR and the United States. He was also one of the group of foreign policy elders known as "The Wise Men".

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