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.

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One Response to “We’re Not Rome…”


  1. […] crisis (if not slightly earlier).  While I’m not at all displeased to see even the supporters of The Long War inching towards acknowledging it for what it really is, there’s a problem with this line […]


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