Beyond the American century: Walter Lippmann and American grand strategy, 1943-1950
Porter, P. (2011) Beyond the American century: Walter Lippmann and American grand strategy, 1943-1950. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 22 (4). pp. 557-577. ISSN 1557-301X
To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/09592296.2011.625803
As the United States became a world Power, journalist and intellectual Walter Lippmann feared that it would become its own worst enemy. During and after the Second World War, he tried to steer the country towards coherent statecraft, to define the national interest and the limits of power, and give geopolitical expression to the role of the United States as the core of an Atlantic strategic system. But in response to world war, the Truman Doctrine, and the Korean War, he became pessimistic about the country's ability to conduct strategy effectively. In the prophetic tradition, he believed that a fatal symbiosis between America's growing strength and domestic politics led it towards crisis. Though at times ahistorical, Lippmann's concept of strategy deserves attention for its dialogue between power and identity, for its questioning of “ends” as well as means, and for its focus on the danger of self-defeating behaviour.