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8/21/2019 Task: Assessing Cold War Leaders ; 1/3 Task 2 Assessing Cold War Leaders The Cold War was a time of inflamed passions. Nations were engulfed in suspicion and paranoia. It was especially important for leaders to keep a cool head in trying times. One wrong move could have spelled disaster. As the American diplomat George Kennan observed, “I would plead for cool nerves and a keen eye, and the realization that one can be wrong without being evil, and that those wrong ones might be ourselves.” In other words, Cold War leaders needed to acknowledge not only their enemy’s faults and weaknesses, but also their own. However, each Cold War nation also had its fair share of “hard-liners.” Hard-liners advocated for the following policies: standing up to the enemy negotiating from a position of strength using nuclear weapons, if necessary

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