Worth a Look: New Books on Grand Strategies

“Since the end of the Cold War, impulse and ideology, generously seasoned with fantasy, have displaced principled strategy as the basis for U. S. policy. In this important and timely volume, Barry R. Posen illuminates the path back toward good sense and sobriety. Restraint is a splendid achievement.”―Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University, author of Breach …

Review: Grand Strategies — Literature, Statecraft, and World Order

Charles Hill Beyond 5 Stars–Can Frustrate, But Righteously Broad, June 9, 2011 I am sympathetic to those who are critical of the author, as I myself was frustrated at many points and also I confess feeling very ignorant about many of the literary works that were mentioned. However, and despite a rotten index and the …

William Martel (RIP): On Grand Strategy

The Making of Future American Grand Strategy Fundamental Attributes of Grand Strategy: First, it defines the whys; Second, it encompasses all dimensions of policy and doctrine including the domains of operations and tactics (across all Cabinet mission areas); Third, it is never-ending; Fourth, it guides the state as it marshals all of its resources—human, political, …

Robert Steele: Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy

Steele, Robert. Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Press, Projected Publication 2017. Part I in the Reinventing the US Army monograph series. Updated November 15, 2016 Robert Steele This is the author’s preliminary draft of the first of three monographs focused …

David Swanson: Shifting Strategies of the US Empire

The Shifting Strategies of Empire By David Swanson Remarks at the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Conference: President Obama this week declared the war on Iraq to be an honorable success that has given us a brighter future. Are you fired up? Ready to go? Eric Holder this month explained that it’s legal for a …

Chuck Spinney: Criteria for a Sensible Grand Strategy

Criteria of a Sensible Grand Strategy Chuck Spinney (updated 11 Aug 2011) The Bush administration’s theory and practice of grand strategy could be summarized in the sound byte, “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.” President Obama may have softened the rhetoric but his escalation of the targeted killing strategy by …

Review: Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy – Reforming the Structure and Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy

John Lenczowski 5.0 out of 5 stars Long Needed Treatise, But Too Expensive,September 21, 2011 EDIT of 11 December 2011: Gene Poteat, President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) has an excellent review of this book in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Intelligencer. The following quote is from his review, it captures the …

Journal: Grand Strategy, Gaza In, Israel Out

Linked below is a very long, but I believe critically important analysis of the blowback effects of Israel’s bloody invasion of Gaza, which began in Dec 2008 and ended days before President Obama took office.  The author, Norman Finkelstein, is the son of Holocaust survivors, and the bête noire of the worldwide Zionist establishment, especially in …