We’re Not Rome…
December 31, 2008
… we’re Athens circa 431 BC. At least that’s what starting Andrew Bacevich’s The Limits of Powerabout a week after a book on the Peloponnesian War seems to imply. Athens in 431 not in the sense of faced with Sparta, but faced with choices about itself. Reagan’s Star Wars/SDI, in this reading, would kick off something akin to the American quest to build the Long Walls.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Chew on it for a little while; I will be. Meanwhile, Happy New Year, and remember to never fully trust any historical parallel given to present times. It’s never literal.