@JananGanesh on an imperative for the Republican Right. Political Observer comments

Mr. Ganesh is a quick study, with all it attendant historical lacunae starkly evident.His collection of historical personages is tailored to impress a reader with his knowledge of American history, as his own.  Some book recommendations: the Gaddis biography of Kennan and a collection of critical evaluations in the Journal of Cold War Studies.  https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/JCWS_a_00401?mobileUi=0&.

Add to this list The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken, Joe Alsop’s Cold War: A Study of Journalistic Influence and Intrigue by Edwin Yoder and the indispensable Walter Lippmann and the American Century by Ronald Steel. Not to forget another  essential , American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers by Perry Anderson. 

Mr Ganesh brings his stylistic aplomb, not to speak of his casual misanthropy, to confect his bricolage of references, in his latest essay on how the Republican right must learn to love ‘The Deep State’ -should the Republicans learn to love that entity, like The New Democrat Hillary Clinton and her  ‘Deep State’ allies Clapper, Brennan,with FBI stalwarts Comey and Mueller?

In praise of the unsung bureaucrat, besides Mr.  Michael Lewis latest and soon to be BestSeller: one of those unsung bureaucrats is Ray McGovern who has an essay worth the readers time, and close attention, on one of those bureaucrats Fiona Hall:

Headline:Ray McG0vern: The Pitfalls of a Pit Bull Russophobe

Sub-headline: Like so many other glib “Russia experts” with access to Establishment media, Fiona Hill, who testified Thursday in the impeachment probe, seems three decades out of date.

RAY McGOVERN: The Pitfalls of a Pit Bull Russophobe

Political Observer



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