The Praetorian Guard, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and Michael Flynn: Dangerous Precedents

On the first day of my Ancient and Medieval Civilizations class, I always ask my students why we study history. One of them always replies that if we don’t learn from history, we will be doomed to repeat it. I think this is true. I also think that we as a people never learn from … Continue reading The Praetorian Guard, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and Michael Flynn: Dangerous Precedents

Andrew Bacevich on the Secularization of U.S. Foreign Policy

These two paragraphs from Andrew Bacevich's book, America's War for the Greater Middle East, expose a very difficult truth the U.S. needs to take seriously. Bacevich says, "But among those paid to think about strategy, soldiers and civilians alike, history and religion counted for little. In the wake of World War II, in large part … Continue reading Andrew Bacevich on the Secularization of U.S. Foreign Policy

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – “On War”

This passage is taken from the section of Robert Gates's memoir titled, "On War": "Usually we don't get to choose and almost never accurately predict the kind of war we will fight next. I am always amused when I hear a senior military officer or a politician declare that we will never fight certain kinds … Continue reading Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – “On War”