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By Wayne Bert (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230337813

ISBN-13: 9780230337817

ISBN-10: 1349298263

ISBN-13: 9781349298266

A research of the main U.S. army interventions in unconventional warfare, this booklet appears at 4 wars that happened whereas the U.S. was once a superpower within the post-war WW II interval and one within the Philippines in 1898.

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Many realists, like Waltz, believe that inevitably other powers will balance against the United States (Waltz, 2000). Others believe American primacy will last indefinitely, as long as four decades (Bell, 1999; Kapstein and Mastanduno, 1999:Chapter 12). Controversy and disagreement also exist over the desirability of a unipolar system led by the United States, with positions sometimes changing over time. Compare, for instance, Huntington’s early enthusiasm for American dominance with his later more restrained view (Huntington, 1993; 1999).

Kissinger has noted that Americans take their values so much for granted that they fail to realize how radical they appear to the rest of the world. ” They American Policies 33 are seen by the Europeans as the Greeks saw the Athenians, as “incapable of either living a quiet life themselves or of allowing anyone else to do so” (Kagan, 2009). Americans are incapable of saving the world, but at the same time they can’t leave it alone (Brands, 1998: 50). At the time of writing, as the competition for the 2012 Republican presidential campaign gets underway, the concept of exceptionalism has become a standard currency of the Republican contenders, hoping to profit from the electorate’s view that America is exceptional, despite the battering of the US image after two costly wars and a severe economic recession (Tumulty, 2010).

Contrary to the myths of isolationism and notwithstanding the supposedly restrained policies advocated by Washington, Jefferson, or Franklin, Americans from the beginning were “territorial imperialists,” and this tendency was especially pronounced regarding the Indians (Kagan, American Policies 29 2006; McDougall, 1997). Arthur Schlesinger believed that in the United States debates over foreign policy respond to an old argument between experiment and destiny. The founders adhered to a historical, empirical approach to the world, but as the nation became stronger and more secure, Americans occasionally veered off toward theology, ideology, and a susceptibility to the dogma of American destiny.

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