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Trump's Strategic Foresight Is Being Put to the Test
Victor Davis Hanson

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 12:01 AM

The ancient Greeks believed that true leadership in crisis came down to what they called pronoia -- the Greek word for "strategic foresight."

Some statesmen, such as Pericles and Themistocles, had it. Most others, such as the often brilliant and charismatic but impulsive Alcibiades, usually did not.

"Foresight" in crisis means sizing up a nation's assets and debits, then maximizing advantages and minimizing liabilities. The leader with foresight, especially in times of irrational despair, then charts a rational pathway to victory.

Such crisis leaders do not fall into panic and depression when the media shouts "Catastrophe!" Nor do they preen when the same chorus screams "Genius!" in times of success.

The English poet Rudyard Kipling would have defined such a gift as, "If you can keep your head when all about you/Are losing theirs and blaming it on you," or, "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same."

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The Ancients produced the likes of Sargon and Hammurabi; as well, the Greeks gave
the world Pericles and Themistocles and the Romans Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius.
Sadly their genius and wisdom no longer exists.
Putting Trump in their company is beyond goofy!

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The Ancients produced the likes of Sargon and Hammurabi; as well, the Greeks gave
the world Pericles and Themistocles and the Romans Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius.
Sadly their genius and wisdom no longer exists.
Putting Trump in their company is beyond goofy!
The Romans had Caligula, we had/have? the Clintons...
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