The Shield and the Cloak: The Security of the Commons by Gary Hart

By Gary Hart

Gary Hart has lengthy been one of many nation's optimum specialists on nationwide defense, combining a deep wisdom of nationwide safeguard coverage with first-hand event of the political realities that impression how the United States safeguards itself and its pursuits. In his new ebook, Hart outlines, in transparent, basic prose, the elemental alterations with which the United States needs to grapple whilst confronting a terrorist risk that has no nation and no geographic homebase and hence deals no real objective for the world's biggest and such a lot subtle army strength. Hart argues for a safety of the commons, emphasizing that the hot safeguard would require a safeguard for the place of birth in addition to a cloak of non-military protection, together with protection of source of revenue, neighborhood, atmosphere, and effort.

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Sophisticated diplomacy can often prevent wars and save lives. Even more than in the past, we will need the help of other nations of good will to help guarantee our own safety. Despite having spent much of a lifetime concerned with America’s national security during and after the Cold War, all these lessons have convinced me that we are now in a new and greatly different age, an age in which the security chess board has important added dimensions. And perhaps all the lessons I have learned lead me to conclude that, in the new age of the twenty-first century, even more than the twentieth, genuine security cannot be achieved by military means alone.

Founders and participants in the Project for the New American Century included Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and a considerable number of others who shared the distinction of becoming senior figures in the administration of George W. Bush in 2001. Thus, they clearly had in mind a unilateral attack on Iraq years before any declaration of war on terrorism. S. government had early on secretly decided to invade Iraq and depose Saddam Hussein, and the facts and the intelligence would be made to support that policy.

These were often the worst cases, and if they were disclosed the intelligence agency involved, usually the CIA, accepted responsibility because the president had to have “plausible deniability” to avoid political repercussion or embarrassment. For a young, idealistic American, albeit a senator, it was a harsh education in the dangers of the politics of expediency. ” Tasked during the Eisenhower-Kennedy years with “getting rid of” Fidel Castro, the CIA set out to seek assistance. Castro and the United States quickly turned against each other, and access to Cuba was a problem.

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