Bacevich and Cohen see important problems with [the military model in Kosovo].
War Over Kosovo: Politics and Strategy in a Global Ageby Andrew J. Bacevich
While many analysts view the war for Kosovo as a one-sided affair of passing importance, this volume insists otherwise. To a greater extent than any other episode since the end of the Cold War, the war in Kosovo revealed the distinctive attributes of a new American "way of war." In so doing, the conflict also brought into sharp focus the dilemmas -- military,
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While many analysts view the war for Kosovo as a one-sided affair of passing importance, this volume insists otherwise. To a greater extent than any other episode since the end of the Cold War, the war in Kosovo revealed the distinctive attributes of a new American "way of war." In so doing, the conflict also brought into sharp focus the dilemmas -- military, political, and moral -- confronting a liberal democracy intent on wielding preeminent power on a global scale.
The beauty of the book is its insightful analysis of the grand security strategy implications for the United States and the world...It is imperative that all military professionals internalize the book's conclusions. The analyses are prescient, complementary, and well supported. Study of the profession of arms demands that this wise work be included in any professional library.
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Kosovo was a peculiar war. Waged from the air with one-sided casualties and a victory which failed to achieve its announced objective, it nonetheless was a watershed. It tells us much about the American way of war in the twenty-first century. Andrew Bacevich and Eliot Cohen have pulled together an enlightening set of essays that will provoke thought and argument among all who seek the Rosetta stone for present-day American foreign and military policy.
Andrew Bacevich and Eliot Cohen have produced the most thoughtful examination of the Kosovo war we are likely to see for some time. By exposing the reality behind the rhetoric, giving careful attention to context, and exploring the meaning in an uncompromising way, the authors show what war has become, and is likely to be, in this age of high tech, low politics, and public inattention. A sensitive and insightful appraisal... chilling in its implications.
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Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of international relations at Boston University where he also serves as director of the university's Center for International Relations. He is the author of The Pentomic Era: The U.S. Army Between Korea and Vietnam.Eliot Cohen is professor of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he is also the founding director of the Center for Strategic Education. He is the coauthor of Revolution in Warfare?: Air Power in the Persian Gulf.
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