The Atlantic Jinx

In October 2001, The Atlantic Monthly ran a cover story called “Peace is Hell,” which wondered aloud about the role of the US military in a stabilizing world. A week after it hit newsstands, 9/11 happened.

The September 2006 Atlantic cover proclaimed “We Win,” referring to so-called war on terror. A week later, the UK plane bomb plot nearly happened. And author James Fallows has been working defense ever since.

Strange how an Atlantic cover makes an assertion and world events instantly move to disprove it. While his story continues to hold some water, it’ll still be interesting to hear Fallows explain himself on WNYC tomorrow

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