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Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign and Defense Policy [Paperback]

By Robert Kagan (Editor) & William Kristol (Editor)
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Pages   401
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 25, 2000
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1893554163  
EAN  9781893554160  

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With each passing day the world seems to become a more perilous place. Russia implodes and China expands; North Korea develops missiles capable of striking Hawaii and Alaska; and Iraq perfects weapons of mass destruction that could be smuggled into New York in a suitcase. Yet America, the most powerful country in the world, also at times seems the most uncertain when it comes to protecting itself from these threats. In Present Dangers, Robert Kagan and William Kristol have compiled twelve provocative and sobering essays, all original for this volume, from intellectuals, historians and policy-makers such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Donald Kagan and William Bennett that challenge America to take a hard look at the coming crises in our foreign policy. This book makes the case for repairing our depleted military, for a crash program of missile defense to shield us from random attack, and for a complete rethinking of whom our possible adversaries and real strategic partners are. Present Dangers makes sure that foreign affairs, a sleeping issue for the last eight years, gets a wake-up call.

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Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for "The Washington Post." He is also the author of "The Return of History and the End of Dreams," "Dangerous Nation," "Of Paradise and Power," and "A Twilight Struggle." He served in the U.S. State Department from 1984 to 1988. He lives with his wife and two children.

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The Neocon fantasy and delusion that has led us to this disaster  Mar 12, 2006
This otherwise awful book is important to read as an historical document so that we know how we got into the current mess in Iraq (and at home in America, with our mass deficit and debt). This book shows us the Neoconservative fantasy of creating a new century of pax Americana and benevolent imperialism, which was then put into operation after 9/11 and has since led us into the catastrophic disaster that is Iraq. Read this book and then never believe or listen to another word that these deluded Neocon ideologues say. Even Francis Fukuyama has now abandoned this crazed utopian fantasty. Read his new book after you've finished this piece of pure fiction
Regarding the "swine" you refer to...  Jun 17, 2005
The last reviewer's idea that America should distance itself from "lesser cultures" is that of a person who clearly knows very little about American culture. Look, the book is crap in its ideology, but it's profound in its influence on the Bush administration's foreign policy. The wacko concept of global domination that is so prevalent in the mission of the "Project for a New American Century" makes about as much sense as the last reviewer would, were he foolishly given the opportunity to publish something beyond an this review. However, you ought to read the book, and you really ought to think about it. Especially now, while the country is coming around to the idea that maybe, just maybe, interest in Iraqi and Irani regime change has been around far longer than W has been president. Anyway, I suggest you get out of your confused and dark little study, sir, and try to see the world around you before you die. If America is a precious jewel, you are actively tarnishing it.
Not worth buying or reading  Jan 17, 2004
While I disagree with much of the content of this book, that is not why you shouldn't buy this book. The reason not to buy is that this book is greatly out-dated. It was from before 9-11, and the neo-con perspective and focus on the world is now quite different.
Absolutely a must-read: know your enemy!  Feb 13, 2003
This is undoubtedly one of the most important books on US foreign policy published in recent years and should be read by anyone who cares about the future of the United States and the rest of the world. This is the manifesto of "conservative internationalism" whose proponents, including many of the books authors, now infest the Bush administration and are his loudest ventriloquists. Here, then, is the current administration's strategic vision.

The basic argument is that the US needs to exercise world domination, here spun as "benevolent global hegemony" and that there are a number of external obstacles which stand in the way and must be dealt with. These are Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, the Middle East peace process and an independent Europe. In its clear and reasoned enunciation of strategy and future plans, it both rivals and surpasses the later chapters of Mein Kampf. Here is the game plan which must be read to understand where these people intend to take the world next.

If we ignore the desirability of this mission, its feasibility (the cost in money, lives and freedom) certainly merits discussion, but here the book is thin, relying on fairy story assumptions (budget surpluses!!!) and wishful thinking.

The one distasteful aspect of the book is the attempt to wrap the entire endeavour in the cloak of "American morality", understood as protecting citizen's liberties. This is breathtaking stuff from accomplices in the most extensive attempt to incinerate the Constitution in recent history.

Stripped of its ideological air cover and romantic fantasies, this is still an important, timely and lively document since this is the future course of foreign policy which the Bush administration plans to pursue.

Must-read for people intersted in national security policy  Oct 19, 2002
Whether you agree with the American foreign and defense policy of the Bush administration or not, this book is essential reading for those interested in the topic. It's a series of essays on different foreign and defense policy issues written by people who are highly influential in the Bush administration, including Richard Perle, Elliot Abrams and Paul Wolfowitz.

The central thesis seems to be that the US is (or maybe WAS immediately after the Cold War) at an unprecedented position of influence and power over the world, and should use it to secure the safety of the whole world before those who wish to threaten the free world acquire the means to do so. The book was written at the end of the Clinton administration, but many parts of the book are extremely prophetic including the need to confront the members of the "Axis of Evil" about their efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction and the palestinian uprising against the stalled peace process which had not yet begun when the book was written. Like I said, even if you're not in agreement with Bush administration policy, you'll learn what some of the influential minds are thinking (and why their right!).


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