[I]t must be recognized as one of the uniformites embracing all governments, democratic and otherwise, that they attract to themselves, and function within, an atmosphere of inflamed ambitions, rivalries, sensitivities, anxieties, suspicions, embarrassments, and resentments which, to put it mildly, seldom, if ever, bring out the best in the personalities involved, and sometimes provoke the worst. Government, in short, is, for unavoidable and compelling reasons, an unfortunate business. It cannot be otherwise. And we find in this fact another reason why, whatever else one may think of government, it should not be idealized. Its doings are something that should be viewed by the outsider only with a sigh for its unquestionable necessity, and by the participant only with a prayer for forgiveness for the many moral ambiguities it requires him to accept for the distortions of personality if inflicts upon him.
George Kennan, Around The Cragged Hill