Wishful thinking…won’t preserve peace.

Viewers of Fox Reporter Megan Kelly are familiar with retired Colonel Ralph Peters. After the invasion of the Crimea by Russian forces, Kelly announced that the invasion was predicted by Colonel Peters on her show. She broadcasted a video clip showing his prediction.

Colonel Peters is a former US Army intelligence officer. He has written extensively for a variety of publications. Once a year he speaks to special forces and special operations students at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His credentials are impeccable.

In an article he wrote for the Armed Forces Journal in July 2006 entitled, “Why Clausewitz Had It Backward,” Peters had this to say about Russian and US relations:

“… American policy makers insisted that the United States and the new, ‘democratic’ Russia would be best pals forever. In the intervals between and after these brief periods of alliance and fellow feeling, we feared the global spread of Bolshevism, then dreaded a Soviet-launched nuclear holocaust, and now must contend with Moscow’s breaking lack of scruples, its revived paranoia, its appetite for blackmail, its affection for despotic regimes, its distaste for political freedom, its disregard of human rights — and its dangerous clumsiness in the international china shop (no pun intended). Is Russia now, or has it ever been our ‘friend’?”

Colonel Peters is a student of history. He correctly points out in one sentence in this article what liberals and peaceniks never seem to learn. “Wishful thinking can’t win wars, and it won’t preserve peace.” How true!


About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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