Si Vis Pacem, Don’t Listen to Joe Lieberman

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“As he usually does, Joe Lieberman is banging war drums: ‘A great Roman general said a long time ago, “If you want peace, prepare for war.’ That is wise counsel worth following with Russia and Iran in 2022.’ Hawks love to cite this phrase, which is originally traced back to Vegetius. … Hawks usually interpret this phrase in the most combative and militaristic way possible. It does not have to be read this way, but this is the way that hawks choose to read it. For someone like Lieberman, it is not enough simply to prepare for war. He wants the U.S. to seek conflict and rule out every path that might lead away from war.” (01/02/22)