- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books (September 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739135414
- ISBN-13: 978-0739135419
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winning the Unwinnable War: America's Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism
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Fighting for victory may sound obvious but Journo, Epstein, and Brook show how remote the goal of victory is from current U.S. policy in the Middle East, which they characterize as based on 'a welfare mission to serve the poor and oppressed.' Instead of this unwinnable approach, the authors offer a robust and unapologetic re-assertion of American national interests, and they do so with a bracing eloquence that left this reader elated. (Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum; author of Militant Islam Comes to America)
As a Syrian woman who experienced life in an Islamic despotic society, I wonder whether the American government and the American public understand the gravity of the current danger emanating from radical Islam―the most vicious adversary the West has ever faced. This important book provides US policy makers with valuable ideas on how to win the war against Islamic totalitarianism and its insidious encroachment into our Western society. (Wafa Sultan, psychiatrist and author of A God Who Hates)
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"Fighting for victory may sound obvious but Journo, Epstein, and Brook show how remote the goal of victory is from current U.S. policy in the Middle East, which they characterize as based on 'a welfare mission to serve the poor and oppressed.' Instead of this unwinnable approach, the authors offer a robust and unapologetic re-assertion of American national interests, and they do so with a bracing eloquence that left this reader elated."
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The west has lost its will to live, because we have been undermined at the root of our existence: we no longer believe we have the right to exist for our own sake. This is a curious irony considering that our current foreign policy is based on Augustine’s Just War Theory, and there was no such thing as a philosophy of ethical egoism bolstering Charlemagne’s campaign. To be sure, his motivation for waging war was in fact the Augustine’s ideological foundations. At least in 732 Christianity hadn’t succeeded in desiccating Europe’s will to live.
In the modern age we are not so fortunate.
If America is to survive its citizens must reconcile two things: The absolute right for it to survive, and the absolute will to wage Von Clausewitz Total War. Elan Journo has done a fabulous job in laying the foundations for both evolutions of thought: He explains the roots of our embolden enemy, the myth of its radical ‘few’, the utter ideological failure of American foreign policy, the cultural rot, sucking the life out of our will to exist, and the only effective solution to the problem—putting war, back in the concept of war.
The authors explain why America is losing the fight against Islamic Totalitarianism as well as the will to fight at all. Armed with the proper ethics, they make their case that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that is the well spring of all the attacks against the U.S. and that if America wishes to win and bring peace to our shores we need to topple their illegitimate regime root and all. With their inspiration in ruin Islamists worldwide will lose hope and be morally crushed knowing that their cause to spread Islam across the globe is self-defeating.
After Brook and Epstein explain what is wrong with the current U.S. approach towards foreign policy (championed by liberals and conservatives alike) and its fundamental flaw, Just War Theory, Journo offers a positive moral alternative. A policy true to American self-defense and to the protection of its citizens' individual rights, a policy of rational self-interest: egoism. With Journo's approach we can defend ourselves and the values for which America stands, unapologetically and as he sums up his case, "with our heads held high."
This book is a must read for all policymakers, military personnel, family members of the military, and anyone directly affected by this unnecessary protracted war. We need to do all we can to save American lives and bring them home as fast as possible, this book will do that.
The book is relatively short (216 pages of text, 255 pages total with endnotes, references, etc.) and is easily readable. The writing is clear and direct. The book is divided into 3 related parts.
In part 1 the authors identify the nature and origin of the enemy: Islamic totalitarianism. They also review in part 1 how our foreign policy (they cite evidence and actions of the Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr, and Clinton administrations) appeased and emboldened the Islamists, pre-9/11.
In part 2 the authors review our foreign policy post-9/11. They explain the nature and roots of Bush's "Forward Strategy for Freedom", and in the process demonstrate why it is failing it's (alleged) basic goal of making us secure. They also show how "Just War Theory" and Neoconservative foreign policy are incompatible with a principled policy of U.S. self-defense.
Part 3 surveys the results of Bush's policies across the world, not just in Afghanistan and Iraq, but in Iran, Pakistan and elsewhere. The authors show that the Islamist threat has been strengthened, rather than weakened by Bush's policies. After exposing the flaws (and roots) of past and current policy, the authors present a strong positive vision for defeating the Islamist threat. They show that we can expect a genuine victory over and lasting security from the Islamist threat. The final chapter offers a bracing tonic: a radical rethinking of our Middle East foreign policy, based soundly on the principle of our actual national self-interest.