With the end of the Cold War came not the end of
history, but the end of America’s sense of its strategic purpose in the world.
Then, after a decade of drift, the United States was violently dragged back into
international conflict. Its armed forces responded magnificently, but its
leaders’ objectives were substantially flawed. We fought the wrong war—twice—for
reasons that were opaque, and few American citizens understood the cause for
which their sons and daughters were fighting and dying.
War is a poor substitute for strategic vision, and
decisions made in the heat of imminent conflict are often limited by the
emotions of the moment. In Don’t Wait for
the Next War, Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star general of the US Army
and former Democratic candidate for president, presents a compelling argument
for continued American global leadership and the basis on which it can
succeed: a new American strategy. America needs both new power and deeper
perspective. The platform for American leadership is to use America’s energy
resources to spark sustainable economic growth, building new strength to deal
with pressing domestic issues like the deficit as well as the longer term
challenges to US security—terrorism, cyber threats, the next financial crisis,
China’s rising power, and climate change.
Such a strategy is not only achievable but
essential, and it is urgently needed. This is the true test of American
leadership for the next two decades, but it must start now so America has the
power and vision to deal with the acute crises that will inevitably come—in the
Middle East, Europe, or Asia. Download and start listening now!