By Richard K. Betts
Betts brings his wide wisdom of twentieth-century American diplomatic and armed forces historical past to undergo at the complete variety of thought and perform in nationwide safety, surveying chilly conflict roots of contemporary projects and arguing U.S. coverage used to be constantly extra unilateral than liberal theorists think. He exposes error in humanitarian interventions and peace operations; studies the problems raised by way of terrorism and sleek nuclear, organic, and cyber guns; evaluates the case for preventive struggle, which nearly continually 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; unearths the anomalies of contemporary security budgets; and confronts the sensible obstacles to powerful approach. Betts argues for extra warning and reticence, but encourages extra decisive motion while strength is needed and a calmer evaluation of nationwide defense 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