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The Toughness Crew

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Anders Stephanson on Peter Beinart, The Icarus Syndrome.

Stephanson, A. (2013). The Toughness Crew. In Left Review, N. New Left Review 82. New Left Review Ltd, pp. 145-152

(noun) a eulogistic oration or writing / (noun) formal or elaborate praise

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This is the moment when panegyrics to ‘American empire’ were much in vogue.

—p.146 by Anders Stephanson
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This is the moment when panegyrics to ‘American empire’ were much in vogue.

—p.146 by Anders Stephanson
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(adjective) crowded or pressed together; compact / (adjective) marked by ridges; serrate / (verb) to press together especially in ranks / (verb) to crowd together

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Reagan was in truth always a dove, refusing all large-scale interventions and then eagerly seizing on the opportunity to embrace Gorbachev, all against the serried force of his own neo-con supporters.

—p.147 by Anders Stephanson
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Reagan was in truth always a dove, refusing all large-scale interventions and then eagerly seizing on the opportunity to embrace Gorbachev, all against the serried force of his own neo-con supporters.

—p.147 by Anders Stephanson
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(adjective) marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view; biased

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This had always been Kennan’s tendential position. It now became the official US position.

—p.148 by Anders Stephanson
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This had always been Kennan’s tendential position. It now became the official US position.

—p.148 by Anders Stephanson
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an 8,000-word telegram from George Kennan, an American official in the Moscow embassy, responding to a request from the State Department for an analysis of the Soviet position; Feb 1946.

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The Long Telegram (just as the later X-Article) is ‘rejectionist’ through and through. It was precisely this aspect that made it so useful. The Soviet regime became an unchangeable essence of total, destructive, expansionist power, a state with which no relations of traditional diplomacy were possible.

—p.148 by Anders Stephanson
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2 years, 9 months ago

The Long Telegram (just as the later X-Article) is ‘rejectionist’ through and through. It was precisely this aspect that made it so useful. The Soviet regime became an unchangeable essence of total, destructive, expansionist power, a state with which no relations of traditional diplomacy were possible.

—p.148 by Anders Stephanson
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2 years, 9 months ago

an American foreign policy created to counter Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War; announced March 12, 1947 and further developed on July 12, 1948 when Truman pledged to contain Soviet threats to Greece and Turkey

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The universalism of the Truman Doctrine in March 1947 was thus not a mistake or a momentary lapse of judgement. It was essential for the whole operation.

—p.149 by Anders Stephanson
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The universalism of the Truman Doctrine in March 1947 was thus not a mistake or a momentary lapse of judgement. It was essential for the whole operation.

—p.149 by Anders Stephanson
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(verb) to catch or hold in or as if in a net; enmesh / (verb) to prevent or impede the free play of; confine

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the presidency commands and acts in virtually untrammelled ways

—p.151 by Anders Stephanson
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the presidency commands and acts in virtually untrammelled ways

—p.151 by Anders Stephanson
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