The Price Of Dominanceby Jan Lodal
According to this provocative book, the emergence of new nuclear, biological, and chemical threats is a price America pays for its growing military, economic, and cultural dominance. U.S. preeminence motivates states to oppose American power through whatever means possible, and the threat from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has become more acute as globalization makes it easier for rogue states and terrorists to obtain the necessary technology.
The Price of Dominance argues that the WMD threat can be stopped only with the active cooperation of other states -- especially U.N. Security Council members Russia, China, and France -- but U.S. policies are actually undermining international support. To gain their cooperation, the United States will have to change its approach to arms control negotiations, antiballistic missile defenses, intelligence, law enforcement, military strategy, and nuclear force deployments.
The first step should be to abandon "prompt retaliatory" nuclear war plans left over from the Cold War that no longer serve any strategic purpose. If these plans are maintained while limited antiballistic missile defenses are deployed, they will give the United States a de facto nuclear first-strike capability and absolute military dominance. Retaining such a capability would make it impossible to obtain the intelligence and law enforcement cooperation necessary to stop WMD proliferation.
The Price of Dominance recommends an integrated program to foster international cooperation to stop WMD proliferation while retaining strong nuclear deterrence as the foundation of American security strategy.
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