Today at the home of the Laughing Wolf, I read the wise counsel of another person who actually takes the time to do some real research. He makes some excellent points in his Peace at Any Price post and as I read it I was struck by the fact that it has been awhile since I last posted Kennan's Long Telegram to the State Department.
What the telegram conveyed to his peers and colleagues at the State Department is easy to discern from reading the telegram at the link. To actually understand what a given Russian or Russian leader will do one has to understand that at a fundamental level they are not at all like you and me and never will be. Most Americans simply refuse to accept the reality that people are very different on a level so deep that it goes without saying.
We are not helped in this regard by the morons in our State Department, Defense Department, Foreign Service, universities and various agencies such as USAID. They really don't get it and they never will. The telltale for this can be seen in one of the last photographs taken of the US Embassy in Kabul before the Taliban totally routed the United States Army and the rest of the West.
Our leaders and representatives abroad are literally blind to all other cultures and here in America it seems to many people that only black lives matter.