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Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America [Hardcover]

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Foreign policy expert Ted Galen Carpenter confronts the global challenges America faces, outlining a practical strategy that protects America's security while avoiding unnecessary and unrewarding military adventures. He looks at how U.S. forces remain mired in a nation-building mission in Iraq, while disagreements over Iraq policy and other matters have soured Washington's relations with long-time European allies.

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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.29" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 25, 2008
Publisher   Cato Institute
ISBN  1933995165  
ISBN13  9781933995168  

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Ted Galen Carpenter currently resides in Burke, in the state of Virginia. Ted Galen Carpenter was born in 1970.

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A perfect starting place for discussion   Aug 10, 2008
American foreign policy makers struggle with many issues, and face a range of foreign policy problems: to understand them properly, SMART POWER: TOWARD A PRUDENT FOREIGN POLICY FOR AMERICA provides a Cato Institute VP for defense and foreign studies' insights. Chapters consider policy-making, disagreements over foreign issues and consequences, strategies involving economic sanctions and military force, and more, and are a perfect starting place for discussion and debate both at the college level and for general-interest readers.
A principled and effective foreign policy worldview  Jul 26, 2008
Those in favor of our interventionist foreign policy have succeeded in virtually eliminating the idea that there might be another way for America to act in the world. Thanks to Ted Galen Carpenter, we now know that there is better way. Mr. Carpenter shows in this series of essays that there WERE people prescient enough to recognize the problems that invading Iraq would cause, yet these views were largely marginalized in the rush to war. He also points out other mistakes we are making that could provide similar disastrous results vis-a-vis Afghanistan, China, Russia, et. al.
Adoption of Mr. Carpenter's foreign policy views would lead us to a better national security status, at a substantially reduced cost to taxpayers. Those looking for an alternative to the current bipartisan groupthink that has yielded America-as-World-Policeman, would be wise to read this book.
Smart Power is smart reading  Jul 11, 2008
Ted Galen Carpenter has what most of the foreign policy establishment/elite woefully lacks: common sense. At the heart of Smart Power is a simple but powerful proposition: in the post-Cold War era and particularly in the wake of 9/11, U.S. security commitments and military interventions overseas are worse than unnecessary -- they are actually detrimental to U.S. security. Carpenter cogently makes the case that U.S. policy decisions and actions have consequences and all too often those consequences are counterproductive. This is a truth that policymakers and pundits refuse to recognize. So like Einstein's definition of insanity, they keep doing the same thing (Republicans and Democrats alike) and expect different results. Sadly -- even if they bother to read Smart Power -- this is likely to be the case in the next administration regardless of who wins the November presidential election.

There is also an irony (whether it was intended I don't know) on the cover of Smart Power, which portrays Uncle Sam playing chess. Yet chess is the old paradigm for U.S. foreign policy, exemplified by the likes of Henry Kissinger and Zbignew Brezinski. The prudent foreign policy that Carpenter prescribes requires discarding chess as a way to think about foreign policy. Indeed, part of the problem with the current state of U.S. foreign policy is that we are still playing chess.

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