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Don't Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership

Don't Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership

by Wesley K. Clark, Donald Corren
     
 

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With the end of the Cold War came not the end of history, but the end of America’s sense of its strategic purpose in the world. Then, after a decade of drift, the US was violently dragged back into international conflict. Its armed forces responded magnificently but its leaders’ objectives were substantially flawed. We fought the wrong

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With the end of the Cold War came not the end of history, but the end of America’s sense of its strategic purpose in the world. Then, after a decade of drift, the US was violently dragged back into international conflict. Its armed forces responded magnificently but its leaders’ objectives were substantially flawed. We fought the wrong war—twice—for reasons that were opaque, and few American citizens understood the cause for which their sons and daughters were fighting and dying.

War is a poor substitute for strategic vision, and decisions made in the heat of imminent conflict are often limited by the emotions of the moment. In Don’t Wait for the Next War, Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star general of the US army and former Democratic candidate for president, presents a compelling argument for continued American global leadership and the basis on which it can succeed—a new American strategy. America needs both new power and deeper perspective. The platform for American leadership is to use America’s energy resources to spark sustainable economic growth, building new strength to deal with pressing domestic issues like the deficit as well as the longer term challenges to US security—terrorism, cyber threats, the next financial crisis, China’s rising power, and climate change.

Such a strategy is not only achievable but essential, 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 the power and vision to deal with the acute crises that will inevitably come—in the Mideast, Europe, or Asia.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/15/2014
The trials the United States has faced since September 11, 2001 and the 2008 financial meltdown endure without clear resolution. After a decade of terrorism, overseas wars, and economic instability, the natural question to ask is: Where do we go from here? Retired U.S. army general and erstwhile presidential candidate Clark (Winning Modern Wars; A Time To Lead) considers the available possibilities. According to Clark, our biggest problem is that ever since the end of the Cold War the United States has lacked a clear, unified national strategy for maintaining its "superpower" status. He argues that brawny militarism alone will not help to solve our foreign policy issues—we need to be engaged strategically with the rest of the world, helping to shape economic development and human rights standards. These efforts will, one hopes, involve people in improving their own lives before they are seduced by terrorism or criminality. VERDICT The issues Clark raises are ones that every concerned (and voting) American ought to consider as we enter the next election cycle. While the prose is a bit dry, the author writes clearly and keeps "policy wonk" language to a minimum.—Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781483023830
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

General (Ret.) Wesley K. Clark is a distinguished fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center and a retired four-star general in the US Army. He served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, where he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, the war in Kosovo. He is chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and is the author of Winning Modern Wars, Waging Modern War, and A Time to Lead. He serves as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board, and is the recipient of many awards, including the Purple Heart and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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