Brittany, Monday July 31st 2017
Clio is well known to historians: she is their muse, one of the Godesses of the arts and sciences in the Greek and Roman mythology. She must be smiling observing the affairs of the world, and how human beings keep reinventing the wheel.
Just an example: big turmoil here in France last week about the firing by President Macron of the Army chief of staff, General de Villiers, who had uttered in a private meeting , hearing that the Army budget would be cut by Macron, that he ” will not get fucked like that” . Unheard of, says the French press unanimously. First big mistake of Macron, pummels the opposition.
Clio smiles and reminds us of April 15 , 1951, when General Mac Arthur was fired by President Truman for the same reasons.
To say nothing oF General Patton, twice relieved of his post for controversial public statements.
Clio knows that in every nation the balance between civil and military powers is a delicate one. James Mc Cullough, one if not the best author of history books ( John Adams, the Brooklyn bridge, Truman, the Wright brothers, among other books), said that ignoring history before acting is like planting cut flowers. How true!