One of the things I noticed, while growing up, is that there was a profound difference in the way schools taught about Communist totalitarianism, and Nazi/Fascist totalitarianism.
In America, schools often taught about the horrors of Soviet Communism in a way that made members of both ethnic majorities and minorities cringe. They focused on the loss of freedom of speech and religion, infringements on the right to property and civil rights, media restrictions, state surveillance and…Continue
I often hear armchair generals discuss how McClellan's Peninsula Campaign was idiotic, and doomed to failure. I have mixed feelings about this.
I think the strategy, in terms of planning, logistics and the general idea was brilliantly conceived. The execution, at the outset, was brilliant, too. The problem was that McClellan didn't think his strategy fully through. War, like chess, requires the ability to think many moves ahead, keeping each of your opponent's countermoves into…Continue
I'm a great fan of history. It not only helps explain how we got to the present, but also provides guidance as to how we should conduct ourselves in the present and the future, a form of vicarious experience. This is crucial in statecraft, as the importance of the task is world-historical,…Continue
A perennial problem for democracies' foreign policy is how to deal with authoritarian regimes abroad. Liberal idealists would have us shun said nations and disavow working with them, even when it's mutually beneficial. They feel that the benefits derived by such a regime would allow them to perpetuate their domestic oppression and civil rights violations. During the Second World War and Cold War many Western journalists, academics and foreign policy experts castigated…Continue