The Prescience Of Mearsheimer, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 12 2011 @ 2:37pm

A reader writes:

Just wanted to comment on Mearsheimer – when I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2004, the Iraq War was underway, and Mearsheimer gave our graduation speech.

He was elected by the students to give the speech, but I had never taken a class from him or heard of the guy (no reason for a Classical Studies and English Lit guy to study with him). He spoke about the strategic uselessness of the Iraq War and the reasons it would blow up in our faces. I thought it was a very weird graduation speech at the time, except that every time I heard a news item about the war, I recalled the speech. Everything he said was exactly right, of course. It was an ill-conceived, counterproductive war.

And, as one of the two major wars in which our country has engaged since the start of my adulthood, the Iraq War is one that has shaped my views of foreign policy in a significant way, and Mearsheimer has shaped my view of that war. It is strange that this guy from whom I never took a class while on campus and from whom I heard only once – on my last day on campus – has had a significant impact on the way that I see the world and our nation's role in it. Thanks for pointing out his "strategic brilliance".