Mark Safranski is hosting a roundtable on Thucydides at Zenpundit. Here is my first contribution. Many others are showing up.
My approach to Thucydides, or any other old book, is almost diametrically opposite to Tanner Greer’s. It is indeed fascinating to contemplate how people thought in another time, the differences from today’s thinking, to put oneself in the mind of another. I try to do all those things from time to time, but my emphasis is often different. Read More
Benjamin Wittes: “But this election is a different kettle of fish, one that pits a normal candidate—that is, a woman with flaws, virtues and policy ideas—against a man who menaces American democracy.” This is the sense I’ve had every time someone wants to talk about policy in the election. I love a good policy discussion as much as anyone, but that’s not the point in this election. Read More
Pakistan and India are glaring and occasionally shooting at each other again. Since both have nuclear weapons and no warning time at all to decide what it is the other has in that missile, this is a particularly dangerous situation. Here’s a good idea: Russia and China, which have good relations with the two, should press for a peaceful accommodation and better ways for India and Pakistan to relate to each other. Vladimir Putin seems to want to be seen as a peacemaker. He’s blown that in Syria. India and Pakistan present a real opportunity. Read More
This election campaign is utterly exhausting. It’s the drama that always accompanies a toxic personality. We try to keep Nuclear Diner relatively nonpolitical, but Donald Trump would do untold damage to the country – has done some damage already. Former ICBM launch officers say that Trump is not a person who can be trusted with the nuclear codes.
And here’s Michelle Obama’s response on how women should be treated. Short version: like respected people. But the video is very worth watching to see the emotion that many of us have been feeling. Read More
Next week, I will join a distinguished group of commentators in working through Thucydides’s The Peloponnesian War. The discussion will take place at Zenpundit, but I may post some of my thoughts here. Check it out and join in the comments!
I had this post mostly drafted when Kurt Eichenwald’s article about faked emails appeared. I’m leaving it mostly the way it started out and will work that article in toward the end.
Russia is trying to hack the United States election. That’s not surprising, given current levels of Russian animosity. Or perhaps it should be called paranoia. Or even bluffing. It’s hard to tell. Read More
There’s a lot going on in the world that isn’t Donald Trump. Unfortunately, we have to pay attention to a bullying ignoramus who might become President of the United States. Here are some of the other things, and a few background pieces on continuing issues. Read More