Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Learning From Your Mistakes

Stephen M. Walt lists his top ten lessons learned from the experience of the Iraq War, here. A very interesting piece.


  1. An excellent find.

    A little off topic, but I think I will post a term paper I wrote on Afghanistan, and the strategic problems the US is facing there. Maybe this weekend.

  2. Hi John! Thanks for the link!

    International-relations realism has its problems, IMHO. But theorists like Dr Walt really are doing an admirable job of articulating a realism which is heading in an appropriate direction and reclaiming the language of the national interest for a serious anti-war position.

    Great stuff! I look forward to your next post.


  3. Hello CA,

    Sounds very interesting, I am looking forward to reading it!

  4. Hello Matthew,

    I agree with you regarding foreign policy realism. Realism can often lead to a rather nasty form of amoralism. I believe foreign policy, like other aspects of politics, must include a moral component.

    However, I also agree with you regarding Dr. Walt. I think realism may often be preferable to an aggressive, expansionist idealism as showcased by the neocons and others.

    Thanks for the comments!