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Argues that America's foreign policy under the Bush administration has gone astray not only because of incompetence, but also because of misconceptions about world politics, the nature of warfare, democracy, and other so-called "Daydreamer" beliefs.Book News
Kaplan (writer of the "War Stories" column in Slate) criticizes the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration as having been founded on a few grand misconceptions of American power and America's place in the world. First of all, he declares, the world did not change after September 11th. The nature of power, warfare, and politics among nations remained essentially the same. Furthermore, emerging from the Cold War as the world's "sole superpower" made the United States weaker, not stronger, because there was no longer a threat to keep US allies in line. The United States therefore needed to work harder at diplomacy in order to keep allies on board because it wasn't actually possible to "shock and awe" the world simply through overwhelming military might and advanced military technology. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Ingram Publishing Services
America's power is in decline, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past few years is well known. Why it happened continues to puzzle. Celebrated Slate columnist Fred Kaplan explains the grave misconceptions that enabled George W. Bush and his aides to get so far off track, and traces the genesis and evolution of these ideas from the era of Nixon through Reagan to the present day.Baker
The author of the "War Stories" column in Slate argues that America's foreign policy under the Bush administration has gone astray not only because of incompetence, but also because of misconceptions about world politics, the lessons of history, the nature of warfare, democracy, and other so-called "Daydreamer" beliefs.