With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty

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ISBN-13: 978-0742551992
ISBN-10: 0742551997
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This book takes the long view, beyond the difficulties in Iraq to America's long-range strategy for defeating Islamist extremism. It presents a bold plan for repairing our overstretched military, rebuilding our strategic alliances, renewing our economic strength, and restoring America's most precious asset―our moral authority. (Mark Warner, former Governor of Virginia)

With All Our Might reconnects Democrats to our party's proud heritage of defending our country in tough and smart ways. It is a how-to manual for winning our new war against terror, yet its vision and strategies would not be unfamiliar to Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, or John Kennedy. (Senator Evan Bayh)

Anyone who questions whether Democrats are capable of taking charge of America's fight against jihadist terror should read this book. It offers a compelling alternative to the one-dimensional Bush doctrine, a progressive vision for recapturing the totality of America’s strength―our ideas and ideals, as well as our military might―to defend our way of life. (Senator Joseph Biden)

It has become increasingly obvious that America's 'war on terror' is actually part of something much bigger: an historic confrontation between democracy and totalitarianism. With All Our Might makes a compelling case that Democrats can do a better job of winning this war of ideas, vindicating our progressive values and making Americans safer. (Tom Vilsack, Governor of Iowa and Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council)

Insightful, provocative. . . . (The New York Times)

... an impressive lineup of younger defense and security intellectuals .... Melissa Tryon's remarkably sensitive examination of current military culture, [is] an essay that should be required reading for all post-Vietnam politicians. (Tom Donnelly, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and editor of Armed Forces Journal)

... a fascinating book that lays out what the foreign policy of a winning campaign could look like. (Jackson Diehl, The Washington Post)

With All Our Might is a stimulataing and, at times, inspiring call to arms. (Michael Allen Democratiya)

Marshall’s book presents essays by a variety of writers on the war of ideas, global terrorism, military culture, the health of the transatlantic alliance, the reform of the United Nations, the economic foundations of foreign policy, and the new configuration of ideas and sentiments among the rising generation in the Democratic Party. The chapters are united by the conviction that American foreign policy is in a state of crisis and that progressivism provides a stand-alone and self-sufficient perspective that generates a set overarching foreign policy imperatives and a cluster of specific policies. …Marshall’s book contains many proposals, tending to revolve around the progressive search for more effective measures for the political and economic reform of the Muslim Arab Middle East, that deserve careful consideration. (Policy Review)

About the Author

Will Marshall is President and Founder of the Progressive Policy Institute, and editor-at-large of Blueprint magazine. He is also editor of Building the Bridge: 10 Big Ideas to Transform America (1997) and co-editor of Mandate for Change (1992).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742551997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742551992
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,196,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2006
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This is a first class effort, a really superb collection of contributions by world class professionals, and one of the most thoughtful selections of topics made better by a really excellent presentation--easy to read, good font size, right amount of white space.

The book falls prey to the Administration's premise that terrorism/jihadism are the greatest threat to America. That is not the case. A more balanced assessment of high level threats is provided by the High Level Threat Panel (including LtGen Dr. Brent Scowcroft) of the United Nations, which lists the following (note that terrorism is 9th): poverty, infectuous disease, environmental degradation, inter-state war, civil war, genocide, other atrocities (e.g. trade in women and children, kidnapping for body parts or slavery), proliferation, terrorism, and transnational organized crime.

Never-the-less, it is a five-star effort in its structure and content. Two of the articles I found especially compelling: Graham Allison's discussion of "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism," and the joint effort of James R. Blaker and Steven J. Nider, "Fighting Unconventional Wars." Their concept of three forces for the future, one to prevent (USSTRATCOM), one to defeat (USSOCOM), and one to rebuild (USNORTHCOM with the National Guard in the forefront) is very good thinking. It is a useful variant to the four force concepts that have been discussed in Joint Forces Quarterly and elsewhere, to wit, a Big War Force (STRATCOM), a Small War Force (SOCOM), a Peace Force (State under Colin Powell or Tony Zinni), and a Mind Force (STRATCOM today, I prefer an independent Open Source Agency committed to Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication, with $3B a year to spend).
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Walker on November 25, 2008
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To say there is absolutely no value contained within the pages of "With All Our Might" would be dishonest, which is why I gave this book 2 stars. It will be evident to the politically savvy that this book contains the same ideas that propelled the neoconservatives to the forefront of American politics with disastrous results. But then again, most don't know that the neconservatives are the offspring of the Democratic party, and have their roots in the policies of the "Scoop Jackson" Democrats.

Let this book be a warning to those who think that neoconservatism is present only within the ranks of the GOP. It appears there are still some "neocons" left within the ranks of the Democratic party as well.
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