America's Failing Empire: U.S. Foreign Relations Since The by Warren I. Cohen

By Warren I. Cohen

This sharp and authoritative account of yank overseas kin analyzes the final fifteen years of overseas coverage on the subject of the final 40 years, because the finish of the chilly War.

  • Provides an summary and figuring out of the hot historical past of U.S. overseas family members from the point of view of 1 of the main revered specialists within the field
  • Includes feedback for additional reading.

Content:
Chapter 1 the top of the chilly warfare foreign method (pages 12–37):
Chapter 2 looking for a Compass (pages 38–55):
Chapter three Clinton and Humanitarian Interventions (pages 56–71):
Chapter four handling the good Powers (pages 72–93):
Chapter five The Clinton Years Assessed (pages 93–122):
Chapter 6 The Vulcans Take cost (pages 123–142):
Chapter 7 as soon as Upon an Empire (pages 143–163):
Chapter eight all of the leisure ? and Bush Assessed (pages 164–186):

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His foreign policy experience was limited, but his diplomatic skills were not. As secretary of defense, Bush chose the highly regarded Richard Cheney, another skilled political operative who had served as chief of staff in the Ford White House and as a congressman from Wyoming. Robert Gates, a Soviet specialist, moved over from deputy national security adviser to director of the CIA. And Bush inherited the widely admired general, Colin Powell, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His appointees each assembled their own impressive teams, including figures such as Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz, whose stature grew enormously in the years that followed.

It was an extraordinary display of diplomatic skill. On the day the conference opened, the ceremonies were hosted personally by Bush and Gorbachev and there was, however briefly, renewed hope for peace between Israel and the Arab states. By the time the conference met, however, Gorbachev’s days of power were running out. In August, a coup against him by Communist Party stalwarts, long anticipated by American intelligence, was launched. Gorbachev refused to comply with the orders of the coup leaders and was placed under house arrest.

To those critics who argued that the job was not done until Saddam was removed from power, the administration had persuasive answers. The invasion of Iraq would have been costly in lives and treasure. Saddam could not easily be found. The United States would be forced to occupy Iraq for an indefinite time at a cost perhaps greater than the war itself. ” The American public was satisfied and Bush’s popularity soared. It was now time to pay a debt to Gorbachev. The Soviet leader had been promised a role in the search for an overarching peace in the Middle East and a renewed effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in return for his support of American action against Iraq.

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