George of Oaxaca wrote:

>   Here's the essence of it for understanding U.S. policy,
>"We have about 60 per cent of the world's wealth but only 6.3 per 
>cent 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.  We need not deceive ourselves 
>that we can afford today 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 
>democratisation.  The day is not far off when we are going to have 
>to deal in straight power concepts.  The less we are then hampered 
>by idealistic slogans, the better."
>George Kennan, ex-US State Department Policy Planning
>Staff Chief, Document PPS23, 24 February 1948

	A detailed analysis of this "quote", starting with a 
correction  -  Kennan wrote 50%, not 60% - , is available at

	To me as an antinuclear activist, Kennan had been most 
visible (later, after he'd been the USA ambassador to Moscow) as an 
opponent of the H-bomb.  I regard him as a refined USA establishment 
member, as contrasted to the crude sort such as Dubya.