Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World

By Aboul-Enein, Youssef H. | Air & Space Power Journal, Fall 2003 | Go to article overview

Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World


Aboul-Enein, Youssef H., Air & Space Power Journal


Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World by Ralph Peters. Stackpole Books (http://www. stackpolebooks.com/cgi-bin/StackpoleBooks. storefront), 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055-6921, 2002, 368 pages, $22.95 (hardcover).

Ralph Peters had an interesting military career that included service in the Executive Office of the President. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in order to speak freely about what he considered problems in the US military and political policies. Although one can disagree with his points of view, they do force readers to think about the future of our armed forces. Beyond Terror includes 16 essays that Peters published in such journals as the US Naval Institute's Proceedings and the Army War College's Parameters, as well as a few chapters written specifically for it. The book deals with problems as varied as the root causes of intelligence failures, the need for linguists, and the problem of retired flag officers assuming positions in private defensecontracting firms.

Peters-who seems to embrace Samuel Huntington's theory of the clash of civilizations, which many academics reject-begins by discussing America's place in history, arguing that the United States should not be ashamed of its military and industrial might. he feels that we often support dictatorships and corrupt regimes in the name of political expediency when we should be throwing our instruments of national power behind people who want self-determination. …

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