Winning and American Exceptionalism

Stacy McCain has a terrific post on war policy.  He illustrates the nature of victory in war that was also mirrored by a recent quote of the day over at Hogewash!

Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.

Niccolò Machiavelli

The point is that when it comes to war, victory is most assured by one simple factor: who is more determined to break the will of the opponent, to craft a future so distasteful that the best possible option is complete surrender?

My favorite example of this philosophy can be found in the movie The Usual Suspects, when Verbal Kint shares with Agent Kujan the background of the mysterious and elusive Keyser Söze:

Until we remember, as a culture, that there are things worth fighting and dying for, that there are things that do not require understanding as much as they require commitment to the cause, the American experiment will continue its desert wanderings in search of a promised land that was abandoned fifty years ago.

UPDATE – I can’t believe I forgot to title the post.  I need to eat a brain.


Author: Paul Krendler

The Thinking Man's Zombie

6 thoughts on “Winning and American Exceptionalism”

  1. William the Elder @weltschmerz2015 · 4m 4 minutes ago
    I can think of few things more mind-numbingly absurd than to swear complete allegiance and fealty to something you do not understand. #moron

    Which means a lot coming from Brett Kimberlin's biggest fanboi.

    1. Self-awareness Fail #642,789?

      He's now making claims that would suggest that he thinks he would be one of those fighting the Nazis as they rounded folks up for the camps. Based on his behaviour towards those who disagree with his world view I find this to be a suspect claim. At best he'd be the baker in "Why we fight" whimpering that he didn't know anything when threatened by Webster.

  2. Bill's latest twitter rant is quite funny, considering it comes from a racist homophobe. Guess he's one of those "regressives" he's ranting about.

  3. Someone with a twitter account should ask Matt Janovic why he is retweeting posts by someone who makes racist comments and regularly uses homophobic slurs. Matt is supposedly against those things, so why is he showing support for the racist and homophobic Bill Schmalfeldt?


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