Jeremiah trekked ten rain drenched miles for a Victor Davis Hansen lecture in Berkeley. Some recollections;
Here's what the q&a brought out as to his take on America's current military commitments. (This was when I really regretted not having a recording device.) A few quotes:* "We will see things [examples of desperate, escalating, asymmetrical warfare] you won't believe in the war on terror over the next four or five years."* "A society as sophisticated as ours can take a [billions-dollar damaging] '9/11' only once about every 30 years."* "This country [the U.S.] is capable of things [military strikes] you won't believe."* He said his father often complained about America's decision to drop the A-bomb on Japan: "It was a terrible mistake, we should have dropped it earlier."* "Very bad [military] ideas can work if they're tactically sound and if people believe they can work." (Twice he stated he believes Hitler could have conquered the USSR with less of his own meddling or with different diplomatic strategies.)
Thanks Jeremiah, it's not that we weren't aware of these realities, but when articulated so precisely, it's frightening.
If any other Atlas readers were there, please share any additional remarks you may have noted.