… remember that emotion, however righteous, can be the enemy of analysis.
(The wisdom of the analysis in this case confirms the maxim.)
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By extension, “righteous” political thinking can be — and very often is — the enemy of science. This is a stunning example from just yesterday: http://retractionwatch.com/2015/05/20/author-retracts-study-of-changing-minds-on-same-sex-marriage-after-colleague-admits-data-were-faked/
The hard-left leaning social sciences are rife with bad data, massaged data, and sometimes downright fraudulent data. (See also: Diederik Stapel.)
The man is making progress.
The author subtly undercuts his own piece with this:
So how can the U.S. avoid Darius’s fate? How can it avoid being undone by pride, while still fulfilling its moral responsibility as a great power?
The U.S.’s “moral responsibility”? That’s just Cathedral code-language for the same old “humanitarian” interventionism.
Frog Do Reply:May 22nd, 2015 at 1:55 am
I think “moral responsibility” is a much more general term. Rome had a morality they were imposing on the world, so did Persia, or Charles Martel, or whoever. My reading is always just replace the word “moral responsibility” with “power” in the context of war, because in the context of war there is no difference in definition. Stream-of-consciousness key words here would be “manifest destiny”, “Mandate of Heaven”, “divine right”.
Modern concepts of warfare much more advance and based of sophisticated models. War viewed as network of continuous long term struggles. In US modern war concepts started with this book:
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century (Zenith Military Classics)
Analysis based only on historical parallels hardly can provide adequate perception of current affairs. Modern wars is essentially special operation forces wars. US army has special forces in 165 countries. US is capable fighting few wars in different regions simultaneously and continuously. No one empire in the world history possessed such capabilities before. Also it would be naive to think that all that war machine is just for keeping piece.
The pitfall of many a modern political theory, which is to say limit on political thought, is that we assume the enemy of our enemy is our friend. In politics there are no friends, just those in the group, and those without.
Make sure the group is well defined.
“Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.”-Frank Herbert
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We should above all avoid listening to people named Kaplan or Kagan.
That is how we avoid sorry fates.
We should consider protecting Europe, but mainly they need protection from us, themselves and above all people named Kaplan and Kagan.
What a strange time in History we live in.
Yes Bob you’re losing your grip on us, and even now barely understand us.
admin Reply:May 22nd, 2015 at 12:51 am
What’s your problem with Kaplan? His work is consistently excellent.
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