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Berman (Tehran Rising), vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council, offers a comprehensive strategy for reclaiming "the offensive" in the "global war on terror." He expresses optimism cautiously, but warns that the gains-especially in Afghanistan-are tenuous and that the U.S. risks losing the initiative to the terrorists. He proposes a broad approach that emphasizes the political, economic and legal fronts in this long war, cautioning-as has Defense Secretary Robert Gates-that "the military should not... be the tip of the spear." As concerned with Iran as with al-Qaeda, the author recommends an array of tactics-some more hopeful than helpful-including political outreach, an Iranian embargo, educational assistance, updated laws of war and disrupting terrorist fund-raising. There is much of interest, although the main thrust of Berman's argument-the need for a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy-is the new conventional wisdom. Nevertheless, Berman's careful analysis and thoughtful conclusions are a welcome addition to the ongoing debate about the way forward . (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.