With the end of the Cold War came not the end ofhistory, but the end of America's sense of its strategic purpose in the world.Then, after a decade of drift, the United States was violently dragged back intointernational conflict. Its armed forces responded magnificently, but itsleaders' objectives were substantially flawed. We fought the wrong war - twice - forreasons that were opaque, and few American citizens understood the cause forwhich their sons and daughters were fighting and dying.
War is a poor substitute for strategic vision, an decisions made in the heat of imminent conflict are often limited by theemotions of the moment. In Don't Wait forthe Next War, Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star general of the US Armyand former Democratic candidate for president, presents a compelling argumentfor continued American global leadership and the basis on which it cansucceed: a new American strategy. America needs both new power and deeperperspective. The platform for American leadership is to use America's energyresources to spark sustainable economic growth, building new strength to dealwith pressing domestic issues like the deficit as well as the longer termchallenges to US security - terrorism, cyber threats, the next financial crisis,China's rising power, and climate change.
Such a strategy is not only achievable butessential, and it is urgently needed. This is the true test of American leadership for the next two decades, but it must start now so America has thepower and vision to deal with the acute crises that will inevitably come - in theMiddle East, Europe, or Asia.
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Not What You Expect from a Military Man
As this book is offered as a bit of a manifesto for America, one listening should suffice.
There is a balanced, and reasoned approach to Gen. Clark's views.
He has certainly live a very divergent life, and is not opposed to telling the reader/listener about that. I would not begrudge him that, as the aside from, considered research, a good portion of his plan for America is based upon his life experience.
This is a solid performance, although a bit dry at times. In Mr. Corren's defense, the book does get a tad dry in places.
A documentary the Republicans will trip over themselves to bad mouth.
I first head about this book when Gen. Clark appeared on the Daily Show. I was surprised that a military man would have such left leaning views.
That said this is hardly something that one would consider the work or a crazed leftist. It is a considered work, based on research, experience and common sense.
- geoffrey medweth