Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Judgment of Henry

Henry Kissinger cautions against military intervention in Syria.  He makes a good argument, placing it all in a strategic and context.  He is clear about what is to be feared--"blank spaces denoting lawlessness" coming to dominate the map--but Kissinger looks beyond the immediate and thinks long-term.  "Not every strategic interest rises to a cause for war; were it otherwise, no room would be left for diplomacy," he writes.  He concludes with the hard-to-argue-with statement, "A sense of nuance is needed to give perspective to the proclamation of absolutes."

 All this makes perfect sense to me.  But agreeing with the architect of the extended American War in Vietnam seems so wrong. 



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