To commemorate the 74th anniversary of V-J Day on August 15, herewith, a couple of family recipes for War Cake a more-or-less appetizing (de gustibus, and all that) sop to the sweet tooth of the war-weary denizens from the Old and New Worlds. One is from 1942 and was shared with me by a friend in the early 1970s, and the other we found handwritten on a slip of paper that fell out of my grandmother’s favorite cookbook when we were sorting out her stuff after she died. It and the paper it’s written on are of sufficient antiquity that it’s quite possible this one is from WWI. Our guess is that it was sent to Granny by the branch of the family that emigrated to British Columbia; hence its name, Canadian Cake (click to embiggen):More
An astute observation by Victor Davis Hansen, supported by an excellent quote from J. S. Mill:
Western societies have often proved reluctant to use force to prevent greater future violence. “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things,” observed the British philosopher John Stuart Mill. “The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.” [Read more here.]
Men’s souls will be shaken with the violence of war. For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but […]
The announcement of Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ departure, followed by President Trump’s announcement that he wants to exit Syria, was a seismic jolt felt around the world. I remember where I was on 9/11, another seismic jolt felt around the world. The second so devastating, causing President George W. Bush to take action by […]
It was August and it was hot. I had just got a short-term missions team sent home and so I finally returned to my village in Eastern Georgia. We were getting ready to celebrate my son’s birthday on August 8th. The Olympics were about to be on and we were anxious to watch them. We heard some disturbing rumors even back on August 5th when one of the Georgians with us had his leave canceled and was recalled to his unit. The rumors were about serious threats on the border of South Ossetia and a breakaway region of Georgia, but that happened every summer. We were sorry for our soldier friend but weren’t really worried. The tensions had been growing for days and several members of the Georgian government were gone on vacation and many military personal were on leave and 2,000 of Georgia’s best soldiers were away fighting in Iraq for the United States. I didn’t seem like war was about to break out.
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People wonder all the time why various groups of people do better than other groups of people economically. Some people say its climate. Other people says its religion or ethnic group but those variables fail in explaining economic success. Flat out. It happens to all of us. But before I get into my reasons for […]
The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion and a preview of the new film The Price of Peace from Free to Choose Media. How do we prevent war? How do we maintain peace? These questions have been posed by nations and people throughout history. The insights of historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson guide this documentary investigation of the United States’ successful deterrence of enemy aggression in the past and the efforts to sustain it in an era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation.More
The distinguishing feature of war is that it’s the one time that most people recognize that it becomes appropriate to do inappropriate things. It’s wrong to kill another man, unless you’re doing it in war, at which point it becomes okay due to necessity at best and at worst something you need to take up […]
*This documentary really touched me. Hopefully it wasn’t lying.* More
Direction by Nicolai Fuglsig Screenplay by Ted Tally and Peter Craig Based on Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rose to Victory in Afghanistan “Let’s get this war started.” – CWO Hal Spencer More
A few days ago I raised the question of Is There a Grand Strategy for the Current War? It was not a rhetorical question. I was hoping to provoke some strategic analysis of what the US is facing. The best response was a proposal that sounded like a bunch of Special Forces operations in countries […]
About a week ago Matthew Continetti had a great column at the Washington Free Beacon, entitled The Bodyguards of Kim Jong-Un. He starts with the historical parallel of today to what happened in the war we fought about 50 years ago: “Why did we lose this war?” asked James Burnham of Vietnam in 1972. One […]
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for Septembr 5, 2017, it’s the You May Say I’m a Dreamer edition of the podcast with your hosts, Todd Feinburg, radio talk show host and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week we are inclined, nay, veritably forced into the two topics of the week – (1) the end (or not the end) of DACA and (2) the end (no, no not the end!) of Western Civilization as brought to you by Kim Jong Un.
Mike makes a prediction that Trump will – as planned – announce the end of DACA in six months and that Congress – in Congressional best form – will do nothing during that six months and that (maybe) DACA will end uneventfully. Of course, the only time I predict continued Congressional gridlock may turn out to be the only case where Congress actually gets something done.More
In the advent of the long, drawn-out murder of Otto Warmbier initiated by his North Korean captors, the dilemma of what to do about Kim Jong-un and the belligerent and threatening North Korean regime is front and center. So, it’s time to explore some of the options, concerns and issues involved in dealing with the […]
This is an interesting video I ran across on social media. From what I can tell it has been around for a while but it is interesting in that it puts deaths for WWII and all war deaths in perspective. I don’t think may understand how many died during WWII or how few have died […]
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 30, 2017 it’s the “Pagophobia” edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter and SimpliSafe. This week, we focus first on the only really important issue going on right now, which is the imminent breakout of nuclear war. It’s a hard topic to be […]
After the “war to end war” they seem to have been pretty successful in Paris at making a “Peace to end Peace.”—Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC, KStJ, PC Lord Wavell was born this day in 1883. He was an interesting character who, among other books, put together […]
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