Magazine article The American Conservative

Beyond Our Control

Magazine article The American Conservative

Beyond Our Control

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WAR

On mondoweiss.observer.com, Phil Weiss reports from a conference at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where professors Robert Art, John Mearsheimer, and Stephen Walt discussed international strategy before an audience of naval officers. (The latter two, of course, are authors of the much-noted essay on the Israel lobby's distortion of American foreign policy.)

The panel was asked about the "path to success" in Iraq-a war they all opposed. When his turn came, Mearsheimer told the audience how he had enlisted in the Army as a teenager then attended West Point from 1966 to 1970. He went on, "I remember once in English class we read Albert Camus's book The Plague. I didn't know what The Plague was about or why we were reading it. But afterwards the instructor explained to us that The Plague was being read because of the Vietnam War. What Camus was saying in The Plague was that the plague came and went of its own accord. All sorts of minions ran around trying to deal with the plague, and they operated under the illusion that they could affect the plague one way or another. …

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