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Pathologies of Power Fear, Honor, Glory, and Hubris in U. S. Foreign Policy

ISBN-10: 1107682711
ISBN-13: 9781107682719
Edition: 2013
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Description: The foreign policy of the United States is guided by deeply held beliefs, few of which are recognized much less subjected to rational analysis, Christopher J. Fettweis writes, in this, his third book. He identifies the foundations of those beliefs -  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 315
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

The foreign policy of the United States is guided by deeply held beliefs, few of which are recognized much less subjected to rational analysis, Christopher J. Fettweis writes, in this, his third book. He identifies the foundations of those beliefs - fear, honor, glory, and hubris - and explains how they have inspired poor strategic decisions in Washington. He then proceeds to discuss their origins. The author analyzes recent foreign policy mistakes, including the Bay of Pigs, the Vietnam war, and the Iraq war, and he considers the decision-making process behind them, as well as the beliefs inspiring those decisions. The American government's strategic performance, Professor Fettweis argues, can be improved if these pathological beliefs are recognized and eliminated.

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