By Richard K. Betts
Betts brings his huge wisdom of twentieth-century American diplomatic and armed forces historical past to undergo at the complete diversity of idea and perform in nationwide safety, surveying chilly warfare roots of contemporary projects and arguing U.S. coverage used to be continually extra unilateral than liberal theorists think. He exposes errors in humanitarian interventions and peace operations; stories the problems raised through terrorism and smooth nuclear, organic, and cyber guns; evaluates the case for preventive warfare, which nearly consistently proves unsuitable; weighs the teachings of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam; assesses the increase of China and the resurgence of Russia; quells issues approximately civil-military relatives; unearths the anomalies of contemporary safeguard budgets; and confronts the sensible obstacles to powerful technique. Betts argues for extra warning and reticence, but encourages extra decisive motion while strength is needed and a calmer overview of nationwide safety pursuits, even within the face of of world instability and unusual threats.
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American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security (A Council on Foreign Relations Book) by Richard K. Betts