@SlaughterAM @wef @BillNigh

I salute you for actually having the fortitude, and what ever it took, to reply to a twitter bottom feeder! But the unanswerable question remains for you and yours: are your pro forma ‘acts of contrition’ going to bring back the dead? If so, the power of punditry has reached new levels of what? Mr. Breyman took your measure as thinker/strategist with a telling, eviscerating accuracy. And it demonstrates that Lippmann’s faith in experts/technocrats,as a bulwark against the predations of democracy, was an open door to experts like the Dulles brothers, the Bundy brothers,McNamara, Kissinger, Kirkpatrick and the rest of the sorry parade of front women/men for the American Empire. And it’s high cost in human lives, an idea/construct outside the ken of ‘the strategic thinker’, in the safety of her/his study, classroom,colloquia. Recall Herman Kahn and thinking the unthinkable? As a human being you are worthy of compassion, as we all are, because we are human. But if you are honest, did the policies you supported demonstrate that necessary idea and practice of compassion and even forgiveness, that is implied in your tweet? Your stance reminds me of portions of Kai Bird’s book on the Bundy brothers, in which he recounts stories of Robert McNamara openly crying at Washington parties, at the height of the Vietnam War. Was it guilt, self-pity,remorse or histrionics, or just an amalgam of all those emotions.

About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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