By Richard K. Betts
Betts brings his broad wisdom of twentieth-century American diplomatic and armed forces historical past to endure at the complete variety of conception and perform in nationwide defense, surveying chilly warfare roots of contemporary tasks and arguing U.S. coverage was once regularly extra unilateral than liberal theorists think. He exposes error in humanitarian interventions and peace operations; stories the problems raised by means of terrorism and glossy nuclear, organic, and cyber guns; evaluates the case for preventive battle, which nearly consistently proves mistaken; weighs the teachings of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam; assesses the increase of China and the resurgence of Russia; quells issues approximately civil-military kin; unearths the anomalies of contemporary safeguard budgets; and confronts the sensible limitations to potent technique. Betts argues for extra warning and discretion, but encourages extra decisive motion whilst strength is needed and a calmer review of nationwide safeguard pursuits, even within the face of of world instability and strange threats.
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American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security (A Council on Foreign Relations Book) by Richard K. Betts