Tuesday, November 7, 2023

The Winds of War

The Winds of War
was the title of a novel by Herman Wouk about World War II. The cover story in the November/December edition of Foreign Affairs, 
"The Sources of American Power"  by Jake Sullivan features the following quote: "The Middle East is quieter than it has been for decades." It’s uncanny that Israeli intelligence was totally caught off guard. The Americans purportedly warned their Israeli counterparts. However, Sullivan, U. S. National Security Advisor, apparently possesses his doctoral degree from the same institution as Dr Pangloss. The whole episode recalls another 7th, December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor. Sullivan’s article makes light of perils in the course of exuding the self-satisfaction of a woman whose faulty marriage is about to explode. Shit-eating grin might be the way to describe the self-satisfied tone of an article--obviously written before the events of October 7 and for which he received a slap in the face.

read the review of Francis Levy's The Kafka Studies Department on Booklife

and listen to "Love Train" by the O'Jays

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