Tom Krannawitter finds Paul Bermans piece in The New Republic ("What Lincoln Knew About War") to be both interesting and wrong. Yet, Berman is worth reading, especially with Krannawitters rejoinder. This is not an abstract question being discussed: Can a self governing republic exercise power in defending itself? I recommend the lingering study of both. Off to my Shakespeare Seminar, well try to focus on Brutus lack of prudence in Julius Caesar. Ah, for those Stoics, intention is everything!