A Lesson We’ve Unlearned
Given recent events, I found it difficult not to sigh and worry upon reading this parenthetical note from Paul Lettow’s review of Nicholas Thompson’s book about two early American Cold War strategists:
(Thompson helpfully quotes a later reflection from Andrei Sakharov that the Soviets would have perceived any U.S. refusal to pursue the hydrogen bomb as either a trap or a “manifestation of stupidity and weakness.”)
Can there be any doubt that future reflections will reveal a perception of just such a manifestation in the current administration? The years ahead could be perilous, indeed.