By Richard K. Betts
Betts brings his huge wisdom of twentieth-century American diplomatic and army historical past to endure at the complete diversity of concept and perform in nationwide safeguard, surveying chilly warfare roots of modern tasks and arguing U.S. coverage was once continually extra unilateral than liberal theorists think. He exposes errors in humanitarian interventions and peace operations; experiences the problems raised by way of terrorism and glossy nuclear, organic, and cyber guns; evaluates the case for preventive conflict, which nearly consistently proves improper; weighs the teachings of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam; assesses the increase of China and the resurgence of Russia; quells matters approximately civil-military kin; unearths the anomalies of modern safety budgets; and confronts the sensible boundaries to powerful procedure. Betts argues for extra warning and reticence, but encourages extra decisive motion whilst strength is needed and a calmer overview of nationwide protection pursuits, even within the face of of world instability and surprising threats.
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American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security (A Council on Foreign Relations Book) by Richard K. Betts