Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Frederick the Great on preemption

"I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right."

Frederick the Great

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

On asymmetry in war, or, the advantages of unfair advantage

"The idea in war is to crush your enemy. If you're in a fight with a fly, use a baseball bat."

--Col. Douglas Mcgregor, U.S. Army (Ranger, faculty--National Defense University), Ret., as quoted in the New YorkTimes, 8.29.04 advocating use of tanks and other heavy armor against insurgents in Iraq and elsewhere.

Monday, August 30, 2004

"Old age ain't for sissies!"-Bette Davis

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Time makes ancient good uncouth

From "The Present Crisis" by James Russell Lowe.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. . ."

James Madison

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."

James Madison

If goods don't cross borders, soldiers will.

Frederic Bastiat, French visionary

Hope is not a strategy


If you're not confused, you've been misinformed.

U.S. Marine adage, particularly applicable to Sadr City as of this entry.

Monday, August 09, 2004

No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.

So said Aristotle. Which perhaps explains why Sadaam Hussein lasted so long in Iraq, a country riven by ethnic and religious hatreds, not really a country at all. Corrolary: "Divide and conquer."

"We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves"

Eric Hoffer. Or to paraphrase, "The most damaging deceptions are self-inflicted." Or, the most devastating deceptions are self-decptions." Or, "The most foolish fools are those who fool themselves". Or "to thine own self be true." as the Bard quoteth. Or, as Ida McCormick Healy once said, "You can bar your door from a thief but never a liar", especially when the liar and the lie-ee are one in the same. If truth is the casualty of a lie, then lying to oneself is a form of suicide.

Friday, August 06, 2004

How do you become a millionaire?

Start with $billion and buy an airline.

-Anonymous, WSJ, 8.6.04