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Seven months after the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy, at American University, laid out his view on how the East-West struggle should be conducted to avoid a catastrophic war that could destroy us both.

Kennedy’s message to Moscow and his fellow Americans:

“If (the United States and the Soviet Union) cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.”

As George Beebe writes in his essay, “It’s a Big World: The Importance of Diversity in American Foreign Policy,” in the July National Interest, Kennedy later elaborated:

“We must recognize that we cannot remake the world simply by our own command. … Every nation has its own traditions, its own values, its own aspirations. … We cannot remake them in our own image.”

To Kennedy, a student of history, acceptance of the reality of a world of diverse political systems, many of them unfree, was a precondition of peace on earth and avoidance of a new world war.

Kennedy was asking us to recognize that the world consists not only of democrats but also of autocrats, dictatorships, military regimes, monarchs and politburos, and the goal of U.S. foreign policy was not to convert them into political replicas of the USA.

Kennedy was willing to put our political model on offer to the world, but not to impose it on anyone: “We are unwilling to impose our system on any unwilling people — but we are willing and able to engage in peaceful competition with any people on earth.”

The higher goal: “Preserving and protecting a world of diversity in which no one power or no one combination of powers can threaten the security of the United States.”

For JFK, national interests transcended democratist ideology.

He knew that throughout our history, we Americans had partnered with dictators, monarchs and autocrats when our interests required it.

The 1778 alliance we forged with the French King Louis XVI was indispensable to the victory at Yorktown that ensured our independence.

Woodrow Wilson took us into World War I as an “associate power” of four great empires — the British, French, Russian and Japanese.

In World War II, we allied with Stalin’s Russia against Hitler’s Reich.

The South Korea we saved at a cost of 37,000 dead from 1950 to 1953 was ruled by the autocratic and dictatorial Syngman Rhee.

The thrust of Beebe’s article is that President Joe Biden, in defining the new post-Cold War era as featuring a new-world ideological struggle, between authoritarian and democracy, is misreading the conflict.

Said Biden, in his major foreign policy address during the campaign: “The triumph of democracy and liberalism over fascism and autocracy created the free world. But this contest does not just define our past. It will define our future.”

Biden’s Interim National Strategic Security Guidance fully embraces the same thesis of a new world ideological struggle:

“Authoritarianism is on the global march. … We must join with likeminded allies and partners to revitalize democracy the world over.”

Yet, neither of our great adversaries is preaching a global crusade to remake the world in its image.

Communist China does business with Japanese and American capitalists, with South and North Korea, with Arab monarchs and Israelis, with Europeans and Iranians, Africans, Latin Americans and Central Asians, without attempting to impose its system beyond its borders.

Consider Russia. President Vladimir Putin, it is said, is an autocrat.

But Putin’s interest in bringing home ethnic Russian kinfolk left behind when the USSR broke apart is a normal and natural expression of his people’s and his country’s national interest.

So, too, is Moscow’s effort at re-knitting relations with Ukraine and Belarus, the two nations with whom Russia’s ties are the oldest, closest and deepest, culturally and ethnically.

What Russia, a Black Sea power since the 18th century, is doing in Yalta and the Donbas is understandable from the standpoint of history, ethnicity and national interests.

The question is: What are we doing there?

When did Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia become our concerns?

ORDER IT NOW

Russia’s alarm at having the world’s largest military alliance, NATO, led by its former Cold War adversary, squatting on its front porch from the Arctic Ocean to the Baltic and Black Sea, is as understandable as is Putin’s impulse to push that alliance some distance away.

That is what any Russian nationalist ruler would do.

But when did relations between Belarus, Ukraine and Russia become the concern of the USA, 5,000 miles away?

Is Putin an autocrat? But so what?

When has Russia not been ruled by an autocrat?

From Peter the Great to Catherine the Great to Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II in 1917, Romanov czars ruled Russia. After 1917 came Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin.

During his speech at American University, Kennedy mentioned a crucial fact about the long history between Russia and America:

“Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other.”

Maintaining that 230-year tradition should be at the apex of our concerns, not how Vladimir Putin rules what is, after all, his country.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

 
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  1. Well, what a change, an article daring to state a position rather than weakly posing a question. And the better it is for taking a stand.

  2. The problem the US has with the world is an ideological one. Unlike JFK, the US is run by globalist zealots who want to impose the US corrupt system upon any other country of their choosing. JFK could afford to speak and act as he did; that’s why he was killed, but not by Lee Harvey Oswald. Unlike the ruling politicians today in the US, he was financially independent, who are in the pocket of Big Business. There is not a single independent politician in Congress. As long as such ideological lunatics in Washington run the US, conflict with China and Russia will be unavoidable. All states that cherish their sovereignty should resist America’s globalist policy.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  3. Great article Pat. Spot on. “Diversity” is even handed — neither “side” tries to impose it’s system, ideas etc on another. Naturally all are free to honestly present the virtues of their own systems. “Present” does not mean bombing or sanctioning 7 shades of Jesus out of some place (Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Libya, Yemen etc)

  4. This is a good article. I see it as a slight return to the Buchanan articles of the 90’s through to about 2015, when I actually looked forward to Pat’s twice weekly columns.

    I sincerely hope that this article is not a blue moon event.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  5. demmunists should keep the words “free” and “freedom” out of their whore mouths.

  6. @Spender_CGB

    Or maybe a supernova?

    This column must have been written by a different person than the Exceptional! one(s) published here for years.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  7. Trinity says:

    The 1990s called and they want Pat back.

    Go-Pat-Go

  8. Kennedy was right. Apparently some deep state didn’t like that among other things, and had him assassinated. Somewhere along the line, the US has become an occupied entity. We’re no longer a nation state, but rather a military force for our financial occupiers. So why are they fixated on vengeance to Russia, Syria, Iran, maybe China, and arguably Americans ? The answer is all of those folks are still standing on desired resources and real estate. Talking about minding our own business is a wonderful idea, but we really need to do first is audit the fed and its banker owners.

    • Agree: Rurik
  9. Notsofast says:
    @Greta Handel

    which ever ghost writer this is, keep him and fire all the rest.

  10. Chris Moore says: • Website

    Kennedy was right. Apparently some deep state didn’t like that among other things, and had him assassinated.

    Kennedy was an idealist, an insular product of his wealthy (bootlegging) father, his Catholic upbringing, and prosperous America built by WASP’s, and that conquered the evil Nazis. Kennedy symbolized the new America that was going to take inclusiveness to the extreme. It did take it to an extreme, but that meant inviting the ((Jews)) into the fellowship of man. Big mistake. ((Jews)) don’t do inclusions except when it serves their purposes. And they really didn’t need an invite from a Catholic, anyway. They already ruled the roost, which is why they had America go to war against the Nazis.

    Somewhere along the line, the US has become an occupied entity. We’re no longer a nation state, but rather a military force for our financial occupiers.

    It was a gradual process. That’s how the ((Jews)) operate. They insinuate their way in, and next thing you know, you’re owned by these alien slave masters in you’re own country.

    So why are they fixated on vengeance to Russia, Syria, Iran, maybe China, and arguably Americans?

    They’re fixated on anyone or anything that poses a threat to their totalitarian domination.

    The answer is all of those folks are still standing on desired resources and real estate.

    All the goyim are squatting on their desired resources and real estate. That’s how they view the world. And we know what they do to goyim squatters by observing how they treat the Palestinians, and yes, how they’re treating “deplorable” America Firsters.

    Talking about minding our own business is a wonderful idea, but we really need to do first is audit the fed and its banker owners.

    That is the mechanism of their totalitarianism because pampered and naïve Americans like Kennedy ignored the fact that they were insinuating their way into total control. Or maybe he was well aware of that fact, which is why he had to be eliminated.

    If you can’t be bothered to trouble yourself with the ((Jews)), you can’t be bothered to live as a free man in a free nation. In fact, you can’t be bothered to live at all. And they’ll be happy to relieve you of that obligation. After all, this is their earth, according to their 6000 Year Old Earth narrative. The Yahweh figment of their imagination made it in 6 days. For them.

    But Yahweh also told Moses to eliminate the ((Jews)). They didn’t like that. They didn’t like that at all.

  11. Rurik says:

    “Authoritarianism is on the global march. … We must join with likeminded allies and partners to revitalize democracy the world over.”

    I think Biden means “democracy”.

    As in “Yats is the guy”, “democracy”.

    • Agree: Curmudgeon
  12. Altai says:

    During his speech at American University, Kennedy mentioned a crucial fact about the long history between Russia and America:

    “Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other.”

    Uhhh…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allied_intervention_in_the_Russian_Civil_War

    Maybe you could have sustained that sentiment if the side you were fighting wasn’t the one you were speaking to.

    • Disagree: GazaPlanet
  13. Another of Pats isolationist anti-interventionist columns; we will never go to war with Russia because it is the only nation on Earth that could actually destroy the United States; Russia and China are major countries that threaten US global hegemony; Russia while having an economy roughly equal to New York State has the planets second strongest military that surpasses the US military in some aspects while China lags far behind the US militarily has an economy that may be as large or larger than the US’s; the Deep State wants Ukraine Belarus and Georgia in NATO not for their sake but to further harrass and humiliate Russia but the Europeans who are not fools will not allow it and Putin will shrewdly keep enough unrest in all three countries to forestall any inclusion by NATO. There will never be a war between US and Russia because in the nuclear age it would be tantamount to suicide.

  14. KenR says:

    Well, Lincoln’s side won over JFK’s in the end. The progressive impulse as expressed by the Union in America’s Civil War established the notion that the US government not only can get involved in ordering and ‘correcting’ societies, but that it has a moral imperative to do so. It will do so by force of arms.

    And that has led to so many ridiculous scenarios in which the USA has actually fought hot wars on the notion that a people should have “self-governance” and forcing it upon them at the point of a bayonet. They just have to be sure to chose wisely, as America demands.

    Worse, as also established by the Civil War, once America decides that your people are subject to ‘correction’, they will not be suffered to go their own way. They must not be! Compliance is mandatory, I’m afraid. You can check in but you can never leave.

  15. US is an ethnocracy.

    Jews rule as gods.

  16. Phipps says:

    Neocons/Jews infest all levels of government and surround the mannequin Biden. Jews dislike Russia because it is friendly to Israel’s enemies (Syria & Iran). Jews also know Russians dislike Jews as a rule and for very good reasons — starting with the Jewish-Bolshevist Revolution in 1917. Jews are a hyper-self-centered and deceptive race, so they convince us stupid Goyim that Russian Christians are our enemies when they are NOT our enemies. Until we Gentile patriots evict every single last Jew from America, we will continue to have wars for our Israeli Jewish masters and our Jewish masters in this country.

    • Agree: Katrinka
    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  17. It’s amusing that Kennedy didn’t even know that the USA was part of the coalition that invaded the USSR during their civil war. I suppose, if you wage enough wars of aggression, you can’t remember them all.

    Japan provided most of the troops and held Siberia until, I think, 1927. They thought all their Christmases had come at once until the British Empire betrayed them and withdrew their diplomatic support. Isolated, they were forced to withdraw and lost their access to raw materials.

    That was important to the USA because the Japanese no longer accepted the British as their leaders and that lead to the Japanese Empire expanding elsewhere and the USA forcing them into war with the oil boycott and ultimatum to return Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to the French Empire and withdraw from all China except Manchuria. That US war of aggression was completely justified as a war to protect China but Yanks have been lying about it ever since as if they were the victims of Japanese aggression. Yet they’re proud of all their unjustified wars of aggression.

    Why are Yanks ashamed of doing something good in forcing Japan into war? Surely they don’t believe their own lies. They can’t all be as ignorant (or as big a liar) as Kennedy. donthomson1@hotmail.com

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  18. @KenR

    Tribute to Lincoln…

    Welcome to ’Murkan Globo-Democracy Murder Inc., licensed to kill since Nov 22, 1963.

  19. Sparkon says:
    @Donald A Thomson

    It’s amusing that Kennedy didn’t even know that the USA was part of the coalition that invaded the USSR during their civil war. I suppose, if you wage enough wars of aggression, you can’t remember them all.

    It’s even more amusing you apparently don’t know that the USSR was not formed until 1922, while the Allied “intervention” in the Russian Civil War took place between 1918 and 1920, although the Japanese did not withdraw fully from the Russian mainland until 1922, and held the northern half of Sakhalin island until 1925.

    The small American contingent of about 13,000 troops saw little action during its time in Russia, with about 4,500 landing in Arkhangelsk, the rest in Vladivostok, and was outnumbered by the 70,000 Japanese, 56,000 British, 50,000 Romanian, 23,000 Greek, and 15,000 French troops, among others who took part, ostensibly to secure supplies in Russian ports to keep them out of German hands, and to rescue the 100,000-strong Czechoslovak Legion, which took control of the Trans-Siberian Railway and held many cities along its route all the way to Vladivostok. Reportedly, the Czech Legion had absconded with a large stash of Tsarist gold.

    There was no declaration of war nor state of war between the United States and Russia during this time, nor was there ever a state of war between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America, just as President Kennedy said.

  20. nsa says:

    “crucial fact about the long history between Russia and America……never been at war…..blah blah blah”
    Typical half truth. Woodie Wilson in 1918 sent a 13,000 troop expeditionary force into Siberia to intervene in the Russian civil war. Discovering -45 degree temps not to their liking, and taking casualties, the lads were pulled out in 1919. While there, the plague infected gringos knowingly spread the 1918 pandemic throughout the isolated civilian population causing many deaths. Murdering civilians has always been an American specialty.

    • Agree: Mulga Mumblebrain
  21. @KenR

    A slight correction. There was no “Civil War”. It was a 2nd revolutionary war with defined geographic areas seeking to rid themselves of what they saw as a tyrannical government. Unlike the 1st revolutionary war, when the colonies seeking to rid themselves of their tyrannical government were successful, the Confederacy was not.
    Otherwise, good points.

    • Replies: @Pissedoffalese
  22. @Ludwig Watzal

    The USA represents TOTAL and TERMINAL Evil in human affairs. If the USA is not reduced in power and, preferentially, broken into pieces, the light of humanity goes out within decades. The end of the US Evil Empire would be a liberation for 99% of Americans, too.

  23. @Phipps

    I think the use of the word ‘infest’ lessens your truthful observation, and invites denunciation and the refutation of your facts, on shoddy premises. These Jews occupy positions in the Bidet organism to an extent unprecedented in any Western State ever, that I know of. That the situation may not even be noted, is stupefying. That’s power.

  24. The South Korea we saved at a cost of 37,000 dead from 1950 to 1953 was ruled by the autocratic and dictatorial Syngman Rhee.

    The South Korea the US “saved” is one the US created when it blocked peninsula-wide elections, that the better organised Communists would have likely won, by installing said dictator as their guy in Seoul. There is evidence the South provoked the North into attacking. More than a few of those 37,000 American lives were lost when the US decided to take the war to the Chinese border.

    Vietnam, with its 60k lost American lives, was virtually a replay of Korea, but the US was fortunate to not gain enough ground to make the Chinese nervous.

    By the time Kennedy spoke, it was clear we couldn’t count on fair elections anywhere in the world going as the US wanted them to go … even in the US itself, as JFK knew well from experience.

  25. I would imagine the idea of leaving others well alone to make their own minds up is the best way and any people or country or race of beings that goes against that universal prime directive is fated to fail. WE are free to do as we wish but we are not free to impose our will on others.

    As Big J said “I have many sheep in many other folds and I must bring them all here” but he isn’t going to bomb them into coming here. Surely after 150 years of murdering its way across the planet the US has no further excuses left if it doesn’t come to the same conclusion that bombing is out but here we hear from Biden’s words out of his own mouth he intends to carry on bombing people into submission.

    Biden was elected, so we are told, by more Americans than any other presidential candidate ever so the American people are wholeheartedly behind this demented criminal. Swift fate is watching the US and it doesn’t like what it sees.

  26. Cking says:

    Joe Biden is like President Woodrow Wilson. Once we understand that the Federal Reserve Bank can only organize America’s wealth, money, and credit to wage war, there is no reason to speculate on the several narratives, borne of geopolitical b.s. to be consumed by the little people. US political leadership is in submission to Globalization’s Perpetual War on humanity; it’s the actual national security crisis.

  27. Escher says:

    We must celebrate diversity, by ending it.

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