Wikipedia's page on George F. Kennan says that he
warned against U.S. participation and reliance on multilateral, legalistic and moralistic organizations such as the United Nations.
(Citing a review of his auto-biography.) But that page says little else about the UN.
Interestingly, Charles E. Bohlen who worked with Kennan side-by-side numerous times (according to his own auto-biography) quotes [p. 175] a letter Bohlen says he received from Kennan, on his arrival at the Yalta conference, in which:
Kennan suggested, in addition to the “partition of Europe,” the following:
- That plans for the United Nations be buried “as quickly and quietly as possible,” because the only practical effect of creating an international organization would be to commit the United States to defend a “swollen and unhealthy Russian sphere of power.”
So, I'm curious how sustained was Kennan's opposition to the creation of the UN thereafter. Did he express it again in similarly strong terms?