CriticasBy the time he wrote this book, long before he aspired to the presidency, Clark had graduated with honors from West Point and Oxford, fought in Vietnam, and served as the director of strategic plans and policy for the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon, and as the NATO supreme allied commander in Europe. After retiring with honors, Clark became CNN's military analyst for the war against terrorism and wrote a best seller on the subject, Waging Modern War (Public Affairs, 2001). Clark's expertise in military matters and his remarkable communication skills come to light in this disciplined, concise, and effective new book, which hits all its targets. After examining the clashes between the United States and Saddam Hussein since the first Gulf War, Clark analyzes the latest conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He argues that despite its great tactics, the U.S. Army's enormous undertaking was badly compromised and its operations often put at risk by flawed political strategies. Clark also predicts the current postwar crises, and he condemns the missed opportunities to dismantle Al Qaeda and improve homeland security. He criticizes the Bush administration for alienating allies and disregarding the international community's important role—especially NATO's and the UN's—in the Afghan and Iraqi reconstruction efforts and in waging an effective global war against terrorism. This outstanding translation deserves special praise. Readers interested in war and politics will love this book. Clark's writing is direct and sharp, and his analysis is accurate and balanced, almost as if he were trying to rein in, with martial discipline, the more aggressive tone of his political campaign. Recommendedfor bookstores and book clubs, and for public and academic libraries.
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