The Resource American force : dangers, delusions, and dilemmas in national security, Richard K. Betts

American force : dangers, delusions, and dilemmas in national security, Richard K. Betts

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American force : dangers, delusions, and dilemmas in national security
Title
American force
Title remainder
dangers, delusions, and dilemmas in national security
Statement of responsibility
Richard K. Betts
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
While American national security policy has grown more interventionist since the Cold War, Washington has also hoped to shape the world. Misled by the stunning success against Iraq in 1991, administrations of both parties have pursued ambitious aims with limited force, committing the country's military frequently with inconsistent justification. These ventures have produced strategic confusion, unplanned entanglements, and indecisive results. This collection of essays by Richard K. Betts investigates use of American force since end of Cold War, suggesting guidelines for making it more selective and successful. Betts brings his knowledge of twentieth century American diplomatic and military history to bear on full range of theory and practice in national security, surveying Cold War roots of recent initiatives and arguing U.S. policy has been more unilateral than liberal theorists claim. He exposes mistakes made by humanitarian interventions and peace operations; reviews issues raised by terrorism and use of modern nuclear, biological, and cyber weapons; evaluates case for preventive war, which almost always proves wrong; weighs lessons learned from campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam; assesses rise of China and resurgence of Russia; quells concerns about civil-military relations; exposes anomalies within recent defense budgets; and confronts practical barriers to effective strategy. Betts ultimately argues for greater caution and restraint, while encouraging more decisive action when force is required, and recommends a more dispassionate assessment of national security interests, despite global instability and unfamiliar threats
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Betts, Richard K.
Index
index present
LC call number
JZ1480
LC item number
.B49 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
A Council on Foreign Relations book
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • USA
  • USA
  • USA
  • National security
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Military policy
  • National security
  • Außenpolitik
  • Militärpolitik
  • Verteidigung
  • Sicherheitspolitik
  • Militärpolitik
  • Sicherheitspolitik
  • Außenpolitik
  • Militärpolitik
  • Verteidigung
  • Sicherheitspolitik
Label
American force : dangers, delusions, and dilemmas in national security, Richard K. Betts
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Publication
Note
"A Council on Foreign Relations book"--Half title page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: from Cold War to hot peace -- Policy milestones: Cold War roots of consensus -- Confused interventions: puttering with primacy -- New threats of mass destruction: capabilities down, intentions up -- Terrorism: the soft underbelly of primacy -- Striking first: well-lost opportunities -- Big small wars: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam -- The main events: China's rise and Russia's resurgence -- Civil-military relations: a special problem? -- Plans and results: is strategy an illusion? -- A disciplined defense: regaining strategic solvency -- Conclusion: selecting security
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 367 pages
Isbn
9780231151238
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011014659
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)712931283
  • (OCoLC)ocn712931283
Label
American force : dangers, delusions, and dilemmas in national security, Richard K. Betts
Publication
Note
"A Council on Foreign Relations book"--Half title page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: from Cold War to hot peace -- Policy milestones: Cold War roots of consensus -- Confused interventions: puttering with primacy -- New threats of mass destruction: capabilities down, intentions up -- Terrorism: the soft underbelly of primacy -- Striking first: well-lost opportunities -- Big small wars: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam -- The main events: China's rise and Russia's resurgence -- Civil-military relations: a special problem? -- Plans and results: is strategy an illusion? -- A disciplined defense: regaining strategic solvency -- Conclusion: selecting security
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 367 pages
Isbn
9780231151238
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011014659
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)712931283
  • (OCoLC)ocn712931283

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