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George Kennan and the CIA

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George Kennan died this week. I have written about him here:


Kennan was a member of the Georgetown Crowd that included several leading figures in the CIA. Although he had a long record of being an anti-communist, Kennan became a target of Joseph McCarthy (he called him a "commie lover"). In 1953 John Foster Dulles contacted Kennan and told him he was no longer wanted by the administration. Ironically, his brother, Allen Dulles, offered him a job with the CIA. Kennan refused and decided to become an academic. I wonder why the CIA wanted Kennan? By the way, Kennan returned to political life when JFK appointed him ambassador to Yugoslavia. He left the post on JFK's assassination.

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