- Paperback: 195 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 2 edition (May 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 089526000X
- ISBN-13: 978-0895260000
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,329,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I had a call this afternoon from Idaho, the gentleman said, ‘If I give you 250,000 Marines to go to Washington, will you lead them?’” Vallely said as the group laughed and gasped. “I said, ‘Yes, I will, I’ll surround the White House and I’ll surround the Capitol building, but it’s going to take physical presence to do things.”
The book makes no mention of, nor does it acknowledge anything like 4GW. All of the commentary on US Forces is 3GW related. I didn't really find that part of the book interesting or useful. The suggestion that the Army Reserves and National Guard should be heavy forces (and not what I think: Military police, engineers, civil affairs, intel/counterintel, and logistics) is just one example.
It did find several of the non-armed forces ideas interesting:
* A new Five Freedoms as a global statement of values
* reform of US Diplomatic efforts
* Allow rapid appointment of vacant house seat in case of national emergency
* Method for emergency succession of federal judges to Supreme Court vacancies in case of national emergency
* Disperse Federal Agencies geographically across the US
* Lay out specifically the rules and powers for Executive Branch to avoid confusion (and Lawfare opportunities, I think)
* Special Terrorism Courts
I like the idea of Global Values/Aspiration statement like FDR's 4 Freedoms (of speech, from fear, from wants, of religion). The authors suggest the following Five Freedoms:
1. Freedom of Education
2. Freedom of Economy
3. Freedom of Information
4. Freedom of Person
5. Freedom of Governance
This was the strongest idea in the book. I have been mulling over the need of the west and it allies and potential allies to have shared core values that they can rally around. FDR's Four Freedom just didn't seem to be quite right and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is too lengthy to memorize. The author's Five Freedoms are short, get to the point, don't exclude allies and potential allies and work well as a meme.
The other part of the book I liked was a the short section on Special Terrorist Courts (an idea I have blogged on before). Here are the highlights:
* create special federal terrorist courts
* Three judge panel that presides over the trial and acts as the jury
* Special rules of procedure to protect witnesses and intelligence
* provides security for judges and prosecutors
* Another panel of judges picks the defense attorney(s) from a vetted pool (I am thinking a sort of Special Terrorism Courts Bar)
Lastly, the book had a section on dealing with Iran. Here is the stated plan:
1. Get a US Nuclear deterrence and shield in place - Regional Nuclear Umbrella
2. Train a Free Iran Guerrilla Force
3. Unleash US Air-power
4. Coastal Navel/Marine Raids
5. Raids from Iraq along the boarder
6. Call on Iranian Citizens to rise up in rebellion
It sounded like a Persian Bay of Pigs plan to me.
It thought is was strange that the military specific parts of a book written by military guys were the weakest.
The authors see the problem in terms of eight countries and our dealing with them in a unified way rather than one at a time. Some are bigger problems than others, and the authors are clear about what should be done with each regime in each of the countries. Obviously, reality is never as simple as any plan, but in viewing them together it helps the reader make sense of the apparent confusion we are facing now.
They also dismantle some of the notions about having massive force, or that Iraq distracted from Afghanistan, or that terror should be treated as a police action, and so forth. The last part deals with how we should be working on a nuclear Iran. It is all quite interesting even without believing that these two authors have solved the puzzle for everyone. However, their writing is much clearer and sounds more credible than anything I have read in the papers or heard on TV.
The appendix shows photos of the authors meeting with key folks and touring the region in question. A well chosen reading list is also provided for further study.
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