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Barry GewenKagan, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is a stalwart of neoconservatism…Yet his criticism of the Bush administration's conduct of the Iraq war is blistering…Kagan contends that the American military successfully transformed itself after the humiliation of Vietnam with the all-volunteer Army and upgradings of personnel and weapons, but then fell captive to dreams of dominance through technology alone, losing sight of the human component of warfare. Not every reader will happily follow Kagan as he hacks his way through the thickets of AirLand Battle doctrine, the "center of gravity" and "five ring" theories, or Base Force strategy. But his message is one anybody can grasp: people ultimately win wars, not machines. By concentrating on raw power, especially air power, to the exclusion of politics and culture, the Bush administration has courted disaster and defeat in a region it never took the trouble to understand.
—The New York Times