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Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom Hardcover – April 25, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Books (April 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974366544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974366548
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book deserves to be read and it deserves to influence American policy.
Ralph White
The integration would significantly hamper U.S. commanders' efforts and significantly impact their ability to make quick and decisive decisions.
Buffalo Soldier
I for one am comforted to know that we still have men of vision and passion who will fight for our rights and for justice and the American Way.
D. L. Schulz

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Schulz on March 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Now that the author of the Long Telegram, George Kennan, has died there may be a tendancy to wonder if anyone is taking such a lofty worldview in our troubled times. By reading this well reasoned and enlighted book by two men who obviously were writing from the passion of their positions and the love of justice and what is right, I think we needn't worry.

In the first chapter they remind us that it is easy to win a war and lose everything else. The lessons taught by the Cold War were simple. The fundamentals remain a sound security, economic growth, a strong civil society, and a willingness to engage in a public battle of ideas. It takes time. Now is the time to get it right.The rest of the book is about getting it right.

In the name of fighting terrorism it is all too easy begin abusing civil liberities left and right. In Chapter 3, Between Liberty and Order, and Chapter 4, After the Patriot Act, the authors address how liberties and the war on terrorism can both be in balance.

Trade and the war of ideas are not forgotten in the book. Other contributers, all specialists in their respective fields, weigh in on our government's foriegn poicy. Kennan in an interview with the New York Review of Books in 1999 had his view, "This whole tendancy to see ourselves as the center of political enlightenment and as teachers to a great part of the rest of the world stikes me as unthought-through. I would like to see our government gradually withdraw from its public advocacy of democracy and human rights."

The authors may not agree with everything that Kennon stands for but they think "outside the box" as he did. The epilogue is A New (Shorter)Long Telegram--Strategy for a New Century. This is a policy for our new war. The War against Terrorism and tyranny from within our own government. I for one am comforted to know that we still have men of vision and passion who will fight for our rights and for justice and the American Way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buffalo Soldier on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was issued to The Johns Hopkins University students in the M.S. in Intelligence Analysis program.

The book is a must read for all military officers in the rank of field grade or above, intelligence analysts, and policy makers and their staff. The authors have conducted an in-depth analysis of the current problems and offer solutions for the long term. It recommends a synergistic approach to winning the long war. The authors ideas and views are valid and realistic.

I disagree with the authors on the need to integrate U.S. commands, PACOM and EUCOM with NATO. Unfortunately, NATO has too many members with different political agendas and views. The integration would significantly hamper U.S. commanders' efforts and significantly impact their ability to make quick and decisive decisions. It is important for the U.S. take into account input from our allies, but we should never let it affect a commander's ability to be decisive. We are good at winning wars because we are policy makers are well informed and thoughtful and our commanders are decisive.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ralph White on May 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Authors Carafano and Rosenweig present a thoughtful, provocative, and readable analysis of how America can win the war on Islamic terror. The crux of their analysis is that we must understand that, as with the cold war, the war on terror will be a strategic struggle of our ideals against theirs. We will win against the enemy's asymmetric forces because our democratic, libertarian ideals empower us and because of the endurance of our robust capitalist economy. The authors show that while there is much that we can do to strengthen our capabilities, the tumult of democratic discussion will also produce many ideas which could actually weaken us were they to become policy. This book is principally about making the right choices.

Eisenhower's approach to the Cold War provides lessons that will not have to be re-learned, provided they are remembered: provide security, build a strong economy, protect civil liberties, and win the struggle of ideas. What Carafano and Rosenweig offer are the nuts and bolts of how these concepts become counter-terrorist policy. We already have the fundamentals in place, but we will have to adapt to a new enemy. Their suggestions include replacing the Unified Command Plan with a U. S. Engagement Plan, crafted by and reporting to the National Security Council rather than the Pentagon. And since redundancy must be built into any plan, they offer their concept of "layered security" to prevent attacks on our homeland. And as might be expected, the authors offer several ways to improve the Department of Homeland Security. The present incarnation results from a "scattershot, partisan" approach by Congress, making the DHS little more than an "intelligence end-user," or worse, just another entitlement program.
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