Health and Medicine

Codevilla, Courage, and COVID

By K. Lloyd Billingsley Independent Institute

Angelo M. Codevilla, a man of “remarkable intellect and insights,” passed away this month after a long and productive career. In his response to the pandemic, Codevilla might have saved the best for last.

Born in Voghera, Italy, in 1943, Codevilla earned degrees at Rutgers, Notre Dame, and Claremont Graduate School (Ph.D.). Codevilla taught at Georgetown, Stanford, and Boston University, but he was more than an academic. He served in the U.S. Navy, as a foreign service officer, and as a staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

A keen student of Machiavelli, Codevilla was a critic of the “war on terror” as conducted by the administration of George W. Bush. The purpose of war, as one of Codevilla’s books explained, is To Make and Keep Peace. By disregarding that principle, the author argued, Bush left the nation in even greater peril. See “Epitaph for the War on Terror,” published on September 14, days before the car accident that claimed his life.


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