It’s as if Herman Kahn had never died. The mild mannered thinker of the unthinkable reappears as the cartoonisly bellicose academic Tom Nichols.? Or could it be Dr. Strangelove, or one of the other hawkish characters in Kubrick’s classic satire?
All that New Cold War swagger goes to waste on those of us who lived through the last Cold War, as we recall some of it’s hold overs like Strobe Talbott , Russia Hand, at Brookings. Call the New Cold War a creature of NATO expansionism as the instrument of the waning power of the American Empire, and the complete failure of a benighted Neo-Liberalism. The doomsayers, like Niall Ferguson, opine that the precipitous rise of China is the end of western hegemony, even with all our sophisticated weaponry. America is in hock to China! Our civic order/life is in tatters. Yet Mr. Nichols prattles on about the Russians like it was 1950, but not quite.