Not Knowing What They Were Talking About

When an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia in May 1960, American Congressmen leaped to the defense of the President and cursed Nikita Khrushchev.  These well-intended men were talking about something they did not know about. Before the U-2 incident, William Knowland, Republican leader of the Senate, had made President Eisenhower’s life … Continue reading Not Knowing What They Were Talking About

Understanding The Other Person’s Fears/Agenda

Often we do not understand other people.  For example, Americans didn’t understand the fears of the Soviets during the Cold War.  For 3-1/2 years, the U-2 spy plane violated Soviet airspace, at will, and with impunity.  These flights struck a sensitive nerve with the Soviets.  Consider four factors that were immediately obvious to them, but … Continue reading Understanding The Other Person’s Fears/Agenda