On Munich Analogies
Of course, the Iran deal has unleashed the ever popular deployment of the Munich analogy. Samuel Kleiner and Tom Zoellner critique the formulation and give us a run-down of its relevance over the decades in an LAT piece for earlier in the week: Republicans’ ‘Munich’ fallacy.
The analogy is, of course, tired and pointless and yet it will not go away. I think it is the foreign policy equivalent of using the words “Nazi” or “fascist”–people may not fully understand what the word means exactly or whether it is really appropriate to the discussion, but, by golly, they know it is bad!
As a side note: it is amazing the degree to which WWII still shapes and dominates the way we talk about politics.