Restoring America's Military Power: A New War Plan for the Pentagon
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Our combat readiness to fight a conventional war is in
freefall. This is the alarm sounded with clarity,
authority, and conviction in Victory at Risk, a veteran
Army officer and policymakerâ€™s deeply disturbing critique
of todayâ€™s U. S. military establishment. Major General
Michael W. Davidson, a decorated combat veteran and one of
our most distinguished Army commanders, describes an
America in grave danger; a nation whose ability to bring
peace and stability to trouble spots around the world has
become seriously compromised as we have strayed from the
bedrock sources of our past victories.
As General Davidson shows, the force that triumphed in
Desert Storm was the muscular remnant of the Cold War
military. But todayâ€™s leaner military does not have the
capacity to withstand misuse. A passionate and informed
spokesman for the military, the general describes a
Pentagon that does not work, a White House that has
politicized decision-making, and a Congress that has
abdicated its responsibility for declaring war on behalf of
the American people. Drawing on the core lessons of the
history of the United States, Davidson identifies the
strengths that have brought victory and traces the path
that has led us astray. He argues in plain and commanding
terms that our readiness to win futures wars--against
China, Pakistan, Iran, or any other threat around the world-
-requires a reconsideration not only of weapons and
strategy, but also of the national interests and
obligations that compel us to arms.
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