By Richard K. Betts
Betts brings his vast wisdom of twentieth-century American diplomatic and army heritage to undergo at the complete variety of conception and perform in nationwide protection, surveying chilly battle roots of modern tasks and arguing U.S. coverage used to be consistently extra unilateral than liberal theorists think. He exposes blunders in humanitarian interventions and peace operations; stories the problems raised by way of terrorism and smooth nuclear, organic, and cyber guns; evaluates the case for preventive conflict, which nearly constantly proves flawed; weighs the teachings of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam; assesses the increase of China and the resurgence of Russia; quells matters approximately civil-military family members; unearths the anomalies of contemporary safeguard budgets; and confronts the sensible boundaries to potent approach. Betts argues for extra warning and reticence, but encourages extra decisive motion whilst strength is needed and a calmer review of nationwide safety pursuits, even within the face of of world instability and surprising threats.
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