The Resource The folly of war : American foreign policy 1898-2005, Donald E. Schmidt

The folly of war : American foreign policy 1898-2005, Donald E. Schmidt

Label
The folly of war : American foreign policy 1898-2005
Title
The folly of war
Title remainder
American foreign policy 1898-2005
Statement of responsibility
Donald E. Schmidt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Folly of War is a hard-hitting, critical analysis of American wars in the 20th century that set a pattern for the early 21st century. Drawing on a wide rage of sources and rigorously marshaling the facts, the book concludes that these wars have been futile, unnecessary and foolish. Rejecting the Left's contention that American foreign policy has been driven by greedy corporate interests, the author starts from the premise that average Americans have supported these wars out of a will to do good" but have failed in that aim, and in the process done much harm. This is a disturbing book that raises questions about how we go to war, how we fight wars, and how we eventually lose wars. Many Americans viewed the military defeat in Vietnam as an aberration, interrupting a string of foreign military successes. This book sees that tragedy as part of a line of politically reckless engagements. Driven by a proud self assurance that is often termed American exceptionalism, the nation arms itself to the teeth and intrudes into every region, pacing on a treadmill of perpetual war to achieve perpetual peace. Writing Chapter 13, "The War on Terror - The Contrived War" in 2003, just as the Bush administration was making its fateful decision to invade Iraq, Schmidt concluded at that time that the discussion among the principals (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, etc.) was stacked with faulty information and the decision was made on an emotional level rather than a rational one. Further, he predicted that nothing good would come of the Iraq venture {u2014} unfortunately that assessment was correct. One of the officials in the Bush White House who participated in the pre-war discussions, admitted the attack was irrational: "The only reason we went into Iraq is we were looking for somebody's ass to kick... Afghanistan was too easy." (Days of Fire - Bush and Cheney in the White House, by Peter Baker, p 191, Doubleday, 2013). At the end of seven major wars and after one million American soldiers have been killed, we are no closer to the perfect security we seek
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
327.73/009/04
Index
index present
LC call number
E745
LC item number
.S33 2005eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The folly of war : American foreign policy 1898-2005, Donald E. Schmidt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn742514014
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 370 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780875863849
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b3552022x
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)742514014
  • pebcs0875863833

Library Locations

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