How does someone go from writing an article as smart as Spotting the Losers: Seven Signs of Non-Competitive States to drawing silly maps of the optimal Middle East? I can’t think of any pundit who has fallen father in my estimation than Ralph Peters.
Update: don’t miss Andrew Brown’s comment, which illustrates Peters’ psychosis nicely.
October 19, 2006 at 3:18 am
Way back when, in I think the autumn of 2003, I read a piece of his in the New York Post which struck me as one of the most arrogant and Wehrmacht-ish things I had ever seen in any newspaper.
Yup — from column of mine, written fifth November 2003 and quoting a column of his I had just read in a bar in Manhattan:
Sorry to quote my own wonderful self at such length, but Cassandra has to get her kicks somehow.