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8/21/2019Task: Assessing Cold War Leaders;1/3Task 2Assessing Cold War LeadersThe Cold War was a time of inflamed passions. Nations were engulfed in suspicion andparanoia. It was especially important for leaders to keep a cool head in trying times. Onewrong move could have spelled disaster. As the American diplomat George Kennanobserved, “I would plead for cool nerves and a keen eye, and the realization that one can bewrong 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, butalso their own.However, each Cold War nation also had its fair share of “hard-liners.” Hard-liners advocatedfor the following policies:standing up to the enemynegotiating from a position of strengthusing nuclear weapons, if necessary