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February 5, 2007

The warrior-intellectual

Filed under: academia, china, iraq — twofish @ 11:29 pm

Here is a very interesting development, the fact that the team assembled to prevent Iraq from becoming a catastrophe has a huge number of Ph.D.’s

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/04/AR2007020401196.html

Whether this works or not is going to be interesting. This has a lot of emotional resonance for me because my recent family history (and by recent I mean the last 100 years) has been the history of a combination of war and academia that isn’t found in the West.

I’m reminded of the Chinese warrior-intellectuals of the mid-19th century, who organized the militia armies that ultimately saved the Qing dynasty, for a while at least.

It’s interesting to try to think of what will happen if Petraeus is successful, or what happens if he isn’t. The analogy between the warrior-intellectuals of the 21st century and those if the 19th is an interesting analogy, and also a somewhat scary one. Do a search on “Colonel Dunlap’s Coup” to see why.

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1 Comment »

  1. Won’t work.

    Too many obstacles. Institutional inertia, internal politics, ineffective execution by boots on the ground (don’t even speak the language), just to name a few.

    You can transplant cultural warrior Li Hong Zhang into today’s US Army. He won’t succeed in a current day bureaucratic fighting force in a democratic nation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Hongzhang

    Comment by Anonymous — February 6, 2007 @ 9:29 am


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