Friday, June 20, 2003

Steven Den Beste wants to be a member of the Neocon Conspiracy. This is prompted, apparently, by some lunatic who thinks that Oxblog is run by it. Den Beste comments that they get groupies. Well, damnit, I am a member of the Neocon conspiracy. I got started in political science by Stephen Peter Rosen, a neocon Harvard Professor who was Bill Kristol's roommate in college and a protege of Andy Marshall, the Revolution in Military Affairs guru. Then I learned political philosophy from Harvey Mansfield, the Straussian and teacher of Andrew Sullivan. Where are my groupies? How come I'm the one who gets left out of these things?

Any potential groupies, please apply in the comments section, or via direct e-mail. Pictures are a plus, but not necessary, although describing how the parable of the cave relates to Strauss's insights is a basic job requirement.
Hello new readers. I'm guessing that many of you were drawn here by the letter from my friend Charles McLaughlin, currently in Tashkent, formerly in Baghdad. Chuck's letter is here.

Permalinks seem to have been bloggered (at least, I can't seem to get them to work) so if you can't find the article you linked to, just scroll down a bit. The blog is still short, so it won't be hard to find them. Other posts you might find interesting:
A discussion of empires, why the United States doesn't have one, and what we do have in the world.

A discussion of whether any other country is likely to equal or surpass the United States in global preeminence in the near future.

A review of Moneyball by Michael Lewis.

The answer to the question, who is this guy? Although I doubt many people want to know that.

Thanks for reading, and I hope at least a few of you decide to come back.
Ask and ye shall receive...

In an earlier post I wrote "[i]t would also be interesting to find out how the crime rate in Baghdad compares to that in, say, Detroit..." Donald Rumsfeld, clearly a daily reader of this weblog, has kindly responded to that comment. As the Washington Post reports, The Donald said that "You got to remember that if Washington, D.C., were the size of Baghdad, we would be having something like 215 murders a month . . . There's going to be violence in a big city." We certainly don't appear to have a crime rate in Baghdad of anything approaching 7 murders a day. That's actually pretty surprising, since Third World countries usually have much higher crime rates than First World ones. So it does seem that the situation in Baghdad isn't as bad as the press is reporting - something that accords with the report of Musings's Middle East correspondent.

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