TITLE

THE COMING STORMS

AUTHOR(S)
Tolson, Jay
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
U.S. News & World Report;3/14/2005, Vol. 138 Issue 9, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines what scholars and pundits are saying about America's war on terrorism. Many leading analysts still disagree over the nature of the struggle: the origins, the stakes, the objectives, the definition of the enemy, and even the aptness of the word war itself. Eliot Cohen, a professor at Johns Hopkins's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and neoconservative thinker, argues that the war against terrorism was too vague a term, comparing the current struggle to the Cold War. Andrew Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University and a former Army officer, takes strong exception to the neoconservative notion of the war's origins, both the timing and the larger causes. Instead of a lack of forceful U.S. military action in the Middle East before 9/11, Bacevich sees America's increasing reliance on force there in the two pre-9/11 decades as a major cause of the current war. Thomas Barnett, author of "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century," offers a more nuanced--and certainly more hopeful--perspective.
ACCESSION #
16334632

 

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