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On Being A Superpower : And Not Knowing What To Do About It - Seymour J. Deitchman

On Being A Superpower

And Not Knowing What To Do About It

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780813367750
Number Of Pages: 368

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As the sole remaining superpower, shouldn't the United States be able to call the tune on establishing a secure world to our liking? While most international strategists conjure up history and theory of international relations from the past to examine such a question, Sy Deitchman, in "On Being a Superpower, " focuses on today's changing conditions and attitudes. He starts by addressing hypothetical situations that keep US international security experts awake at night. What would the United States do, he asks, if, in Saudi Arabia, an armed rebellion by Islamic fundamentalists were about to topple the House of Saud while demanding that the US get out of the Middle East? Would the United States go to war to try stop China's invasion of a democratic Taiwan that declares its independence? Could the US really win such a war against a determined country that has over a billion people and nuclear weapons? If a Central American drug cartel gained de facto control of the Panama canal and turned it into a smuggling lynchpin, what would the United States do?Deitchman examines these and other scenarios and then pictures how the US would likely respond, based on our society's current moral concerns, political rhetoric, and overall world view. After reviewing the challenges the world will present to us and examining the current state of our nation and its armed forces, Deitchman describes the strategy for preserving US security that appears to be emerging without explicit planning. He shows how trends in the armed forces parallel the trends in society, and how our argumentative political system is affecting our ability to build and use military power to support our strategy. Deitchman's synthesis of all these themes shows that the existing trends in the nation and the world are not favorable for our future security. Can they be changed? And if so, how? That's the conundrum readers of this book are invited to ponder.

Prefacep. ix
Fantasy
Scenariosp. 3
The State of the Worldp. 5
A Far East Scenariop. 10
A Middle East Scenariop. 17
A Caribbean Scenariop. 25
Lessonsp. 30
The Evaporation of the U.S.A.p. 35
Where the World Has Gonep. 35
The Evolution of USCANp. 42
Reality: the Background to National Security
Where Does the World Seem to Be Going?p. 63
Homogenizing the Worldp. 63
New Regional Powers Within Old Geopolitical Contextsp. 74
Beyond National Boundariesp. 91
Where Does the Nation Seem to Be Going?p. 106
The Twentieth-Century American Social Revolutionp. 108
Attitudesp. 116
Trendsp. 133
Dilemmasp. 167
Inside the United Statesp. 167
Beyond Our Bordersp. 177
The Core of National Security
The Armed Forcesp. 191
The Armed Forces as Societyp. 191
U.S. Armed Forces in the Twentieth Centuryp. 198
The Armed Forces Today and Tomorrowp. 225
A National Strategy?p. 268
A Strategy Emergingp. 270
Implementing the Strategyp. 280
Crafting Armed Forces to Matchp. 283
Using the Armed Forcesp. 301
Counterstrategiesp. 307
The Real Worldp. 312
Linkages: Implementing Our Strategyp. 316
Linkages: The Armed Forcesp. 324
The Real Worldp. 328
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780813367750
ISBN-10: 0813367751
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.57  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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