"Woe to the leader whose arguments at the end of a war are not as plausible as they were at the beginning." -- Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898
I've been reading Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy, a fascinating history of western relations from a diplomat's point of view. I just ran across the quote from Bismarck today, which seems particularly apt in light of current events.
This will probably be my "serious" reading for a while, since I take it a chapter at a time. So far it's a pretty good read, but I'll post a full review once I've digested the whole thing.