June 13, 2014 7:52 AM Subscribe
George F. Kennan, bigot.
David Greenberg reviews The Kennan Diaries in The New Republic and discovers that the father of containment hated everyone, but didn't hate everyone equally.
Kennan on Russia: "a filthy, sordid country, full of vermin, mud, stench, and disease.”
Kennan on anti-Semitism: "I have never been anti-Semitic... but I must admit that this episode brought me as close as I have ever been to becoming one.”
Kennan on genocide: “He half-converted me to his ‘extermination of the lower races’ idea...I cannot see why it is wrong in principle.”
Kennan on race: "We have a group of more or less inferior races.... No amount of education and discipline can effectively improve conditions as long as we allow the unfit to breed copiously and to preserve their young.”
Heather Hurlburt, Of Kennan, Racism, and Realism.
Jonathan Zasloff, George Kennan and the Environment: With Friends Like These…