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Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare [Kindle Edition]

John Yoo
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The world today is overwhelmed by wars between nations and within nations, wars that have dominated American politics for quite some time. Point of Attack calls for a new understanding of the grounds for war. In this book John Yoo argues that the new threats to international security come not from war between the great powers, but from the internal collapse of states, terrorist groups, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and destabilizing regional powers. In Point of Attack he rejects the widely-accepted framework built on the U.N. Charter and replaces it with a new system consisting of defensive, pre-emptive, or preventive measures to encourage wars that advance global welfare. Yoo concludes with an analysis of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, failed states, and the current challenges posed by Libya, Syria, North Korea, and Iran.

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About the Author

John Yoo is the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. As a Justice Department official, John Yoo advised the Bush administration on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Professor Yoo is the author of more than 75 law journal articles and a regular contributor to major American editorial pages. He is co-author (with Julian Ku) of Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199347735
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book by a great American!!! June 18, 2014
By Robert
Yoo a professor of law at UC Berkeley, lays out the importance of a strong America in world affairs. Yoo makes it very clear how important it is for America to take the lead when American interests throughout the world are threatned. He does so by pointing to preventative defensive and pre-emtive offensive measures to combat the challanges faced by todays advasaries from terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq and Syria to how to deal with problems ranging from weapons of mass destruction/Iran, and many more. Professor Yoo is an expert when it comes to the law of war and he chronicles how America and the world should fight the wars of the 21st centruy to advance the global welfare of nations. We need more John Yoo's out there...I highly recomend this book.
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John Yoo makes a very good case for pre-emtive strikes on bal guys when our global welfare is at stake. He backs up his ideas with what I take to be good research. Very thought provoking.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Idiot Lawyer Who Never Served In Combat May 18, 2014
John Woo is a unabashed interventionist who sees no limits or common sense when using the US Military to intervene in every dog and cat fight on the planet. He stupidly believes the United States can impose it's values on ''Barack-ward'' nations and that somehow, there will be a return on the ''investment'' of your kids lives and tax dollars. Essentially he wants us to run a non ending Vietnam or GWOT in perpetuity. As he is a Professor at UC Berkeley, it's indeed a mystery to me as to why the entire student body hasn't tarred and feathered him along with pitching him into San Pablo bay. Mr. Woo clerked for Clarence Thomas who is our best Supreme Court Justice. Please don't listen to John Woo's endless war beliefs. Military lawyers are the worst of the worst---look at Lindsay Graham!
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John Yoo is Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University. Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. He then clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit.

Yoo clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.

Yoo has published articles about foreign affairs, international law and constitutional law in the nation's leading law journals. He has also contributed to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Philadelphia Inquirer, to the Ricochet blog, and to the Lawtalk podcast.


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