This quote confirms what Monbiot wrote in the article above. In 1948 George Kennan, who was in charge of long-range planning at the State Department following WW2, had a major role in the development of the Marshall Plan, and was the chief architect of the policy of containment, stated:
"The US has about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not decieve ourselves that we can afford the luxury of altruism and world benefaction. We should cease to talk about such vague and unreal objectives as human rights, the raising of living standards and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."
(Quoted in an article by William Rivers Pitt in War on Iraq - What Team Bush doesn't want you to know, Scott Ritter and William Rivers Pitt)
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