What we have here is uncritical/naive PAW selection published to further the incessant self-congratulations cum promotion of Princeton's putative place in the world arguably evinced by "expert" faculty and certain alumni. In Blair's case, we once more observe a former junior officer turned academic pursuing the role of defense intellectual and of course finding organizational shelter and institutional acceptance within a long-fraught area of inquiry. His partial understanding of the qualitative aspects and considerations of national-security policy affairs ill serve him and thrust any residual argument(s) into the very toxic culture of partisan politics, particularly under present circumstances. His views and nostrums do not gain validation by dint of his c.v. or associations.

Bruce Handler ’58
Orinda, Calif.