Joseph Alsop: Fifty-year-old syndicated columnist. Brother of Stewart Alsop. Blue-blooded establishment Republican. JFK's neighbor and enthusiastic supporter.
Joseph Alsop: Good line from book: "In his memoirs, Alsop described Kennan 'as resembling the priestess on the tripod at the Greek oracle at Delphi who inhaled the sacred smoke and then held forth. For part of the time, the God spoke truth through her mouth,; for part of the time her speech was sheer gabble. The trouble was you never knew which element in what she said came from the God.' Keenan, he added, "has been more wrong than anyone else and more right than anyone else -- and no one, including myself, has ever reliably deduced which was which at the moment of expression."Suggested to Nitze that States should wage a preventive war and get the whole thing over with. Nitze rejected this: "If we have these things (advanced weapons / strong allies), we may deter the enemy from war long enough for the whole relationship to pass into another historic phase."
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