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"Like a good doctor, Ted Galen Carpenter has spent his whole career trying to cure America of its `foreign policy hypochondria.' Smart Power brings together some of his sharpest diagnoses of our unhealthy tendency to cleave to obsolete security commitments, add new ones willy-nilly, and muck about in intractable conflicts in which we have no real interest. Carpenter's essays constitute strong medicine, but that is precisely what our country needs in these fevered days!"
-PROF. MICHAEL C. DESCH
Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security
Decision-Making, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A & M University
"This is a timely collection of Ted Galen Carpenter's timeless advice on America's foreign policy. Instead of claiming the impossible role of global security manager, America should recognize the limits of its interests and resources, he argues, and return home to fulfill freedom's opportunities."
-PROF. HARVEY M. SAPOLSKY
Defense and Arms Control Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
All-in-all, it's a book that every member of the incoming national security team should read.
Adoption of Mr. Carpenter's foreign policy views would lead us to a better national security status, at a substantially reduced cost to taxpayers.
The prudent foreign policy that Carpenter prescribes requires discarding chess as a way to think about foreign policy.