Asinine and Unhelpful Analysis on Syria

I had never heard of Jane Harman , who is apparently a retired politician, but I do know two things about her:

1. Her assumptions about socio-econo-political engineering are asinine.

2. She doesn’t appear to have much useful to say about political violence.

How do I know these things?  Check our her quote in a recent post at the Battleland (really?) blog at Time Magazine:

“There is a real risk of a failed state here. We don’t do tribal societies well. We don’t understand them and we don’t really know how to change them,” says Jane Harman, head of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

I believe the technical phrase is: holy crap!

And thanks to Jay Newton-Small, the blogger at Battleland who didn’t walk out of the interview when he heard that crap, but instead not only noted it, but decided to share it with us in paragraph two of this post.  Come on, man!

About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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