2004: The year of the police state – the year of hypocrisy By William Bowles

4 January 2004

Our real task… is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity [U.S. military- economic supremacy]… To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming… We should cease to talk about vague and…unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization… we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.” – George Kennan, Director of Policy Planning. U.S. State Department. 1948

“These men — in the most uncertain of times, amidst often noisy acrimony — made decisions that bore fruit only decades later. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, my colleagues and I were lucky enough to reap the harvest that they had sown.” – Condoleeza Rice on George Kennan

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