- Reaction score
And, with all possible respect for those who are partisans of US political parties, there hasn't been one since Ike. From Kennedy right through to Obama it has been a parade of (relatively) weak sisters, some (Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton) perhaps a bit less weak (OK, Nixon was morally weak) than others.
There is a reason no president has held anything like Ex SOLARIUM: none had Ike's breadth of strategic vision nor his depth of knowledge of the strategic resources available and how they all fit together. He didn't have to situate the appreciation and the record suggests he didn't try ... but Kennan's team gave him the answer he was after: one which allowed him to play to America's strengths and NSC 162/2 which served as a guide to containing the USSR for successive presidents through to Bill Clinton.