On August 13 I named PJ Media’s columnist Victor Davis Hanson as one of my foundational influences on both foreign policy and culture. The headline stated bluntly why one should consider Hanson’s contributions at PJ Media and National Review and especially his many books of military and classical history: The Price We Pay for Our Ignorance of Military History Is Dead Americans. I cited from this excerpt from page 12 of The Father of Us All: War and History Ancient and Modern, explaining a key reason why both our political leaders and the public at large remain so confused about how to respond to the potential of war in Syria:
Did the two people making the decisions about Syria — Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett — ever take a single course in military history? Have they read a single book about the origins of the Syrian conflict? Or is their UN ambassador Samantha Power’s foreign policy manifesto A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide their all-purpose guide?
To learn more of the history behind this conflict and weigh potential U.S. involvement, check out these three titles Hanson recommends:
The Truth about Syria by Barry Rubin
The Syrian Rebellion by Fouad Ajami
* VDH added another title to his list.