For the better part of the last half century, the United
States has been the world’s police, claiming to defend ideologies, allies, and
our national security through brute force. But is military action always the
most appropriate response? Drawing on his vast experience, retired four-star
general Tony Zinni argues that we have a lot of work to do to make the process
of going to war—or not—more clear-eyed and ultimately successful. He examines
the relationship between the executive and the military; the challenges of
working with the UN, coalition forces, and NATO; and the difficult choices that
need to be made to create tomorrow’s military. Among his provocative points:
- Virtually every recent American
military operation follows a disconnected series of actions that lead to
outcomes we never foresaw or intended.
- We need to assign
accountability for the political decisions that can make or break a mission.
- Words and ideas are as
important to victory in today’s conflicts as bullets
From the Oval Office to the
battlefield, Before the First Shots Are Fired is a
hard-hitting analysis of the history of America’s use of military action and a
spirited call for change. Download and start listening now!