Notes on the Book
"This book makes a fundamental claim and husbands a great hope.
The claim is that politics, and hence an ethos of responsibility, can be used to judge, and so discipline, our exercise of military power.
The hope is that a politically responsible security policy will be more successful in the world, and in particular in the fight against Islamist violence, than our current efforts are." p.3
"People cannot do politics with ghosts and phantoms and drones high in the air. We Americans should present ourselves, our government should present itself, more forthrightly. We should be responsible, even if all too human." p. 174
"Excellent...Westbrook is refreshingly direct and realistic."
--- Andrew Bacevich
" . . .we cannot expect strategies designed for other times and other types of enemy to be optimal for addressing the conflicts that have arisen in our globalized age. Moving well beyond debates over "hard" and "soft" power, and disdaining partisan politics, he offers practical suggestions for a security policy that is smarter about politics in the classical sense of ordering our lives together. "
-- Mary Ann Glendon
"His unconventional but persuasive argument, inspired not by sympathy for Islam or the Muslim world but by a realistic rethinking of the arts of both war and statecraft in a global age, should prove a useful counterweight to current tendencies to short-circuit the cultural and diplomatic, not just military, tasks before us."
-- Frank Vogel
Paradigm Publishers 2011