By Winslow T. Wheeler
The eleven chapters provided right here by way of Wheeler (Center for cover info) represent a large critique of present US army guidelines and associations that issues to decades-long difficulties that the authors consider are corroding US army and political strength
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These ruling elites would see it as a vast tax-subsidized ego trip (not unlike the European Union bureaucrats do), in which the popular will would never be allowed to override the wisdom of their benevolent rulers. Those outside the government (especially in the Third World where the state system is weakest) would see it as a predatory foreign oppressor and, because the international elites tend to be militantly secular, an affront to their religion. Resistance to this super state would pop up everywhere.
There had been 20 years of peace during which reforms could have been undertaken. S. Army’s mobilization for World War II was almost leisurely. It really began just after Germany invaded Poland in 1939 (the Roosevelt administration expected the United States to enter the war sooner or later). Congress had been ramping up the military budget for some years before that. By the time of the Pearl Harbor attack the process was well along, the National Guard having already been called up, the regular Army considerably expanded and a peacetime draft instituted.
11, the United States began to openly espouse the idea that its own survival and well-being depended on the political and economic stability not just of Europe but the whole world. It saw instability anywhere as a danger with rippling effects breeding existential threats such as nuclear-armed international terrorists. The sudden fall of Soviet power shattered the simple bipolar orientation that conditioned American strategy and thinking for two generations. It unleashed a muddle of till then suppressed nationalist, ethnic, religious and criminal conflicts.
America's Defense Meltdown: Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress by Winslow T. Wheeler