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U.K. politician Winston Churchill with U.S. President Harry Truman on March 3, 1946, leaving for Missouri, where Churchill would make a speech warning about the dangers of the Iron Curtain. Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Biden’s plain speaking on Ukraine inspires support without sparking a wider war – an echo of the Truman Doctrine, 75 years ago

The way two presidents used language to ask Americans to support intervening in a foreign conflict shows the power of a leader who uses plain speaking – and sets limits on intervention.
The US ambassador to the USSR, George Kennan, chats with a reporter in 1952 after the Soviets told the US State Department that Kennan must be recalled immediately. Bettmann/contributor/Getty Images

George Kennan urged American leadership and patience to counter the Soviets. Instead, the Cold War ensued

Kennan was one of America’s few true experts on Soviet affairs. He famously urged a “Containment” strategy to prevent Soviet expansionism, advising against military responses and arms build-ups.
Members of the U.S. Army Special Forces on Aug. 30, 2002 in Afghanistan. AP Photo/Wally Santana

Fewer diplomats, more armed force defines US leadership today

The author of ‘Securing the Peace,’ explains what’s wrong with having US ambassadors operating in one-third of the world’s capitals while special operations forces are active in three-fourths.

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