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The realist persuasion

When it comes to war and peace, foreign policy ''realists'' from Metternich to Kissinger have been seen as cold-blooded, calculating, and amoral. But there's another realist tradition - a distinctively American one - and it's time to revive it.

By Andrew J. Bacevich
November 6, 2005

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BRENT SCOWCROFT, the ever-loyal and self-effacing national security adviser to President George H. W. Bush, made news late last month in the pages of The New Yorker, venting his profound disenchantment with the foreign policies of his old boss's son, President George W. Bush. In foreign policy parlance, Scowcroft is known as a ''realist.'' According to The New Yorker's Jeffrey ... (Full article: 1773 words)

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