Sharp-eyed Huffington Post readers may have noticed Michael Vlahos’s recent entry: “Are We Not Romans?” In it, the member of the National Security Assessment Team at Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Labs writes eruditely of Americans, ancient Romans, Afghanistan, and “those martial neocons-of-the-soft-hands and their adder-tongued women.”
Westporters with long memories may do more than admire the author’s sophisticated arguments. They’ll recall Mike Vlahos from his Staples days. The 1969 graduate was one of the brightest students in a class full of them. He went on to Yale, then earned a doctorate in history and strategic studies at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
As a Staples actor, he played the difficult role of Hamlet. Westporters who knew him then should not be surprised that, 40 years later, he’s still tackling complex philosophical and ethical issues.