Stryke Against Optimism

Pejman wants the best for Iran. I want the best from Iran. We’re both optimists.

Sarge isn’t. And it makes for fine reading.

It’s always nice when people do what you expect them to do, but it rarely ever happens.

This is what overconfidence looks like. It also betrays a lack of understanding of the region and its politics. I see a lot of book smarts there, but there’s not much in the way of street smarts. Knowledge is fine, but knowledge plus experience equals wisdom. Knowledge, detached from practical experience, is merely information. Information plus overconfidence equals foolishness.


Here’s why you need to read Sarge every day — he splashes cold water in your face, just when you need it most. I gotta buy that man a beer or seven.


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