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John C. Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a trustee of the Hudson Institute, author of The Long War Ahead and the Short War Upon Us, and founder of the issues blog Letter From the Capitol.  He has published numerous articles in a variety of publications and is a regular radio commentator.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Institute Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936599066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936599066
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first saw Mr. Wohlstetter's presentation on BookTV. He discussed many aspects of the issues including the Iranian nuclear weapons situation. I was so impressed that I bought the book and I was extremely impressed with his masterful and comprehensive approach.

Wohlstetter discusses many things including the place of the need for overwhelming strength and numbers in nukes to prevent others from feeling strong enough to dominate ... what Khrushchev called "irreversible correlation of forces" ... the Global Zero option regarding nuclear weapons.

There are many issues ... what he called "mirror imaging", for example ... that we believe our thinking is shared by our adversaries.

That the only thing that saved the world from a nuclear war at the Cuban Missile Crisis was our overwhelming force ... even a Soviet pre-emptive strike would not guarantee a satisfactory outcome ... basically the role of deterrence.

Or ... "clandestine caches" ... we just don't know how many nukes others have ... we assume they might have sophisticated small weapons with tiny pits, but theirs might simply be bulky relatively primitive "devices" suitable for a container or cargo plane. [We were pretty surprised by Libya's weapons program ten years ago.]

In my opinion, it is worth buying and using a lot of "stickies" to mark key passages.

Very timely. Wohlstetter is a giant in the field.
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Outstanding from every viewpoint. Thorough. Insightful. Freighting. But more than anything else, knowledgable. Should be read by everyone who values his freedom and seeks to be an informed voter. Read and pass on!
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This book reflects not original thinking, but the regurgitated right wing talking points of the Heritage Foundation, the Republican Party, Israeli nationalists and AIPAC.

Following are more balanced, insightful and intelligent viewpoints.

The Opinion Pages|EDITORIAL

Another Step Toward Nuclear Sanity in Iran

If all goes according to plan, Iran will begin freezing and then rolling back its most worrisome nuclear activities on Monday under an agreement reached over the weekend with the United States and other major powers. This would be the most significant restraint ever on a program that has threatened international stability since it was first disclosed in 2002 and an undeniably important step toward the peaceful resolution of a serious dispute. Even so, dangerously misguided forces, including leading Democrats and Republicans in Congress, are working to sabotage it.

The broad outlines of the deal, to be replaced in six months by a more permanent one, were reached in November. Now the major powers and Iran have settled on detailed procedures for making it work. Iran has agreed to stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent, a level sufficient for energy production but not enough to fuel a bomb. Its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent -- a level alarmingly close to weapons-grade fuel -- will be diluted or converted to a less threatening substance.

Iran also agreed not to install new centrifuges, start up any that were not already operating or build new enrichment facilities. It will allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to have unprecedented, in some cases daily, access to some sites.
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