Repetition: History and Political/Military Autism

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Political/Military Autism.


“’History teaches us that we learn nothing from history.’ Hegel

Foreign policy is often a little like ice fishing. If you pick the wrong companions, the wrong spot, or the wrong time of year, the results can be catastrophic. When the ice gives way, fish in the creel become irrelevant. Unlike sport fishing, American foreign policy does not appear to have a learning curve. A smart fisherman might improve over time, but contemporary policy trolls seem to be immune to the insights or lessons that failure or chaos usually provides.”


Donovan, G.M. (2016) Political/Military Autism. Small Wars Journal. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 04 September, 2016].


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