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Remembering: A Note to Mike Pompeo

Dear Mr. Pompeo,

It might be worth remembering that Japanese peace envoy Saburō Kurusu and Ambassador Kichisaburō Nomura were in Washington engaged in peace talks with American officials in December 1941 as the attack on Pearl Harbor was being secretly planned in Tokyo.  Hopefully, George Santayana’s adage will not apply today: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  Or as Chaucer had it, “It well behooves him take a lengthy spoon Who eats with devils…” (The Squires’ Tale).