Many friends and colleagues have asked me in recent days if the sabre-rattling between North Korea and the United States is worth monitoring. The present conflict between North Korea and the United States does indeed have the potential to escalate into a full blown nuclear conflict.
Before I dive in further, let me make an editorial and philosophical point--war is not illogical. The threat of armed nuclear conflict is an interpolation of force into politics matches the Clausewitzian model accurately. However, tatecraft between the likes of Kennedy and Krusheve is one thing-however watching two bonified lunatics square off in a war of words and create a potential global crisis that could bring the world to the brink of a nuclear confrontation based on whose missile is bigger is ludicrous.
In 1946, George Kennan, the American charge d’affaires in Moscow, penned infamous 8,000-word telegram to the Department of State explaining his views on the Soviet Union, and presciently outlined a forward-looking predisposition for U.S. policy toward the communist state.
Kennan’s analysis provides insight into one of the most influential periods of America’s foreign policy, with particular relevance to the containment of the former Soviet Union.