Victor Davis Hanson explores how military history can illuminate current foreign policy challenges, delineates which nations pose the greatest threats to the United States, explores the role that human rights should play in international affairs, looks at the changing shape of America’s alliances, and provides a reading list for future commanders-in-chief.

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  1. colleenb Member
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    Excellent discussion as usual and I include Troy’s questions in that assessment. Thank you for the question on what presidents might read or study for a better understanding of war and peace and conflict. 

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  2. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    Good questions Troy.

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  3. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Thucydides: fear, honor, self-interest

     

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  4. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Thucydides was a terrible Athenian general which led to his ostracism.

    During his exile, he traveled the Aegean world and chronicled the war between the Delian League and the Peloponnesian League, which later became his famous book

     

     

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  5. Wolfsheim Member
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    I was a schoolboy in Germany when JFK gave his famous speech in Berlin. At the time, West Germany was overwhelmingly anti-Communist, and if there was any criticism of America, it reflected disappointment that the Communists had been allowed to get away with building the wall. There was, as I remember, because I was, I confess, sympathetic to it, a pacifist/leftist critique of the Cold War mentality, but it was decidedly unpopular…Then came the Vietnam War, youth upheavals, and the new left, and it became fashionable for those belonging to the privileged classes to speak snootily of supposedly simple-minded Americans. (GWB was, for example, routinely dismissed as a “cowboy.”) I would say, however, that VDH is being, whatever the statistics say, a bit unfair in regard to German attitudes. Let us not forget that Germany is, unlike the UK, a republic and that, unlike France, it is a federal republic. America’s cultural influence on Germany is enormous. Many more Germans can at least manage in English, a Germanic language like their own, than they can in French, for example. (Americans generally do not return the favor.) Yes, there are far too many who languish in leftist/utopian illusions, but much of that is motivated by the same “guilty liberalism” and “virtue signaling” that one sees in the United States. A genuinely dangerous anti-Americanism would have to be based on nationalism and ethnic myth-mongering, and such is genuinely taboo. Anything smacking of commonsense national interest, such as the desire for secure borders or the recognition that “Europe” does not constitute a single cultural entity, is likely to be frowned upon as alarmingly “rightwing.”      

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