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Russia Has a National Strategy that Matches the Times -- Why Doesn't the U.S.?

•, Ivan Eland
 Despite the perversion of George Kennan's original political, economic, and military containment strategy into one that emphasized primarily military intervention and CIA covert action, the strategy largely worked. However, if the United States had stuck with Kennan's original concept and scoped down the strategy to contain Soviet power only in areas of the world that really mattered from a strategic perspective -- that is, areas of high technology and economic output--the United States could have allowed the Soviet Empire to bankrupt itself even faster by expansion into then-destitute developing world. Communist expansion in backwater areas of the world would have raised Soviet costs in administering those regions and providing military, political, and economic assistance to them.

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