America’s withdrawal from the Middle East validates the long-standing Israeli view that it must not rely on external guarantees, but rather do what’s necessary to defend itself, by itself. Israel’s former UN Ambassador makes the case for the incorporation of the Jordan Valley.
Published: Oct 16, 2019
“Willie and Holcha” by William H. Johnson (Wikimedia Commons)
A man of vociferous opinions, few consistent, Kaiser Wilhelm II was confident of his universally superior knowledge. This confidence was not matched by an ability to read briefing materials or master policy details.
It’s neither pacifism, nor a proclivity to free-riderism, nor (strictly speaking) a sense of moral certainty that leads Germans to shirk their security responsibilities. It’s actually a profound psychological sense of self-doubt that’s to blame.