Shel Silverstein Smarter than Wolfowitz, et al.?
Not really. Socrates said that the wisest person is the one who thinks of himself as not knowing everything, and in fact, only knowing a small portion of knowledge.
That doesn't mean Shel Silverstein may be right about peacenixism. It's that if Shel Silverstein may not be as intelligent as Wolfowitiz overall. I mean, claiming that "I'm smarter than so-and-so" just smacks of arrogance...and, in my mind, stupidity.
To truly find out if Shel Silverstein is smarter than Wolfowitz then just have them take IQ Tests, which I suspect Wolfowitz might pass with higher colors. Wolfowitz has gone to many universities and studied in many places. I may disagree with many of his policies, but I can be certain he can master Deriviatves and Supply Curves more than I can.
Shel Silverstein writes poems and books. He may be a good writer, but place him somewhere else, where he is in power, and let see how he'll handle the pressure.
(And a comment on the senitment: "War is mutally destructive", sounds like a nice slogan, but I think it was standard Cold War policy, Mutally Assured Destruction. If it wasn't for MAD, there would be constant warfare, as warfare is really not mutally destructive. It harms one side, but it harms the other side more often, and it will eventually cause that the other side who gets hurt the most dies off. Then the first side prospers, be happy, then divide and the cycle continues again.
In fact, I think some extreme realists are calling for a return to MAD, a return to the Cold War and its bipolar nature, because in a unipolar war, there is no check to that first power's goal. "It is because of the fall of the USSR that caused the USA to act as it is, causing instablity," argue these realists. "It is because the USA can do whatever it wants that we are in Afghanistan and in Iraq right now. The American people lose about 2000 lives and a lot of tax dollars, Iraq and the Middle East loses much more in comparison." The only real way to stop war, the realists subtly claim...is to have China and Russia become a new world power, to counterbalance the USA. That is NOT what Wolfowitz wants. Wolfowitz wants to ensure that the USA remains the sole superpower, fearing the consquences of what would happen if a new superpower comes in, if the Cold War restarts...
Disagree with his logic, but I think that should give him some credit.)