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One of the few proud neoconservatives remaining, Podhoretz offers an impassioned defense of President Bush's foreign policy, gleefully attacking those on the left and the right who harbor suspicions that Bush fils is less than infallible. Convinced that we are in the middle of the fourth world war (the Cold War was the third), he attempts to steel us for the years of conflict to come. But Podhoretz's argument falls flat because of his refusal to face difficult realities in Iraq. He insists that the media has resolutely tried to ignore any and all signs of progress and repeatedly asserts that those with whom he disagrees are committed to seeing the U.S. fail in Iraq in order to enhance their professional reputations. Even in describing how the events of September 11 drew America together, Podhoretz cannot resist partisan sniping: [E]ven on the old flag-burning Left, a few prominent personalities were painfully wrenching their unaccustomed arms into something vaguely resembling a salute. Podhoretz's take-no-prisoners writing style will delight his partisans while infuriating his ideological opponents, whom he brands as members of a domestic insurgency against the Bush Doctrine. (Sept.)
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Podhoretz has been an intellectual combatant in the neoconservative ranks for decades, and here he engages critics of America's current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Stoutly defending President George W. Bush, Podhoretz covers every avenue of attack on Bush's strategy of responding militarily to Islamic terrorists rather than continuing the law-enforcement approach that had been the tendency prior to 9/11. The so-called Bush Doctrine of regime change, preemptive war, and propagation of democracies in the Middle East, Podhoretz argues, is comparable to the Truman Doctrine at the start of the cold war and is strategically and morally sound in light of the aims and methods of radical Islamic terrorists. However, Podhoretz is pessimistic about the successful application of the Bush Doctrine. He asserts that a nearly unanimous anti-Bush phalanx in academia, in the Democratic Party, and in mass media has been successful in influencing public opinion toward an antiwar direction. Quoting and debating criticisms of Bush from such precincts, and from conservative corners as well, Podhoretz stands as a beleaguered but unwavering voice in the controversy over American foreign policy. Taylor, Gilbert

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385522215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385522212
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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282 of 338 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on September 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The thesis of this book is that the United States and the free world are now engaged in a fourth world- war, this one against radical Islam. The 'third world war' ended with the fall of the Soviet Union, and now according to Podhoretz the West faces another long- term struggle which will be decided not in a year or two but in the decades ahead. The point - man of this war at present is President Bush who Podhoretz sees as continually defamed and slandered by anti- American elements in the far - too- liberal for his taste Western media.
While I am fundamentally in sympathy with his approach and believe that he rightfully sees the insidious intentions of a radical revolutionary fundamentalist Islam , I have reservations about his approach. One reason for this is that when we think of War we tend to think of great military forces in direct collision. True, the United States and the Soviet Union did not come to the ultimate face off, as the Allies did against the Axis but there were two massive military and political empires in direct contention.
Here there is , as Podhoretz is well aware of, an assymetrical situation. Therefore he sees it as a new kind of war, a new kind of struggle which is especially demanding in the propaganda and media spheres. As I understand it he reads the intentions of Radical Islam rightly. Whether it be the Sunni Salafi Wahhabite strains or the Shiite Messianic strains there is an ideology whose ultimate goal is putting all of Mankind under the flag of Islam. The rise in this regard of a radical Iran on the verge of nuclear weapons is at this moment a key and most threatening development in the overall struggle.
In regard to Iran Podhoretz is most forthright and persuasive.
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136 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Vance on September 18, 2007
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Must reading for liberals and conservatives alike. In fact, every voter should be given a copy for mandatory reading. This was a concise and insightful review of the history of US foreign policy, from the post-WW II "Truman Doctrine," which formulated the plan to fight WW III, known as the Cold War, to the Bush Doctrine, designed as a road map to fight Islamofacism in WW IV.

Hopefully, our Presidential candidates are reading similar books to avoid the grave and costly mistakes of their predecessors as detailed in this interesting, and highly readable foreign affairs book.

Some may bristle at the defense of Bush's foreign policy initiative, including his doctrine of preemptive defense. That aside, it provides a cogent and readable explanation for its underpinnings rather than the puerile name-calling that the left is prone to engage in.
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156 of 205 people found the following review helpful By L. Young VINE VOICE on September 17, 2007
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Outstanding analysis of the five years post 911. Podoretz places The War on Terror (or what he calls WW IV) in the context of the last sixty years of U.S. foreign policy. Drawing valid parallels between the response of the media, academia, and political leaders to WW 2, and the Cold War (or what he calls WWIII) Podhoretz has a clear vision of the dangers of the world today. He compares Bush favorably to Truman and asserts that history will prove the President to be a great president in the foreign policy arena. However, what Podhoretz fails to do is to point out explicitly the dangers of pulling out of Iraq before achieving success. Should be required reading.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. Richert on November 23, 2007
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No one wants to say the word. From the President (he only occasionally uses the term), to our Congress, to the media; they use the words "War on Terror", along with other creative titles. I believe Norman Podhoretz's newest book title appropriately names it, World War IV, The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism. The key word being Islamofascism.

World War IV does a very good job of describing our current struggle and the importance that we as a nation win in the battle against Islamofascism. Below is a description of two to the key chapters in World War IV.

Podhoretz's book does an excellent job of laying out the United States' foreign policy since WWII, describing the Truman Doctrine and the process of fighting WWIII, which was often referred to as the Cold War to Bush's current doctrine of how to fight WWIV. Chapter two "How We Emboldened the Terrorists" is an excellent chapter showing how President Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan (yes, even Reagan), H. W. Bush and Clinton appeased and/or ignored terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens and interests and how this indeed did embolden our enemy.

I believe chapter eleven, The Radicalization of the Democrats, is worth the price of the book alone. Podhoretz succinctly refutes the argument of "Bush lied and people died". After reading this chapter you will see why Podhoretz states "If, given all this, George W. Bush had failed to take action against Iraq, he would have been guilty of an egregious dereliction of his responsibility to `preserve, protect, and defend' this country `against all enemies, foreign and domestic' and for that he would truly have deserved to be impeached". (pg. 161). Two be fair, Podhoretz also addresses the right in chapter twelve, Defeatism on the Right.

Our current politicians and citizenry would benefit from reading this book.
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