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Author Walton, C. Dale, 1971-

Title Grand strategy and the presidency : foreign policy, war and the American role in the world / C. Dale Walton
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, [2012]


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 W'PONDS  327.73009048 Wal/Gsa  AVAILABLE
Description x, 206 pages ; 25 cm
Series Strategy and history, 1473-6403 ; 25
Cass series--strategy and history. 1473-6403 ; 25
Contents Contents note continued: 3.The slow drift: power without strategic clarity -- History, again: the return of great power military competition -- A loo-narrow focus: the global war on terrorism in context -- Risky inertia: the fixation on counterterrorism -- Conclusion: crafting a grand strategy for a multipolar world -- 4.The decider: the importance of presidential greatness -- Term-limited emperors: the presidency and foreign policy -- For good or ill: the presidency and American strategic culture -- Failure within the policy elite: the NSS example -- Warlords: presidents as military leaders -- Warning the warlord: public criticism as counsel -- Conclusion -- 5.Feet of clay: making inadequate strategists and war leaders -- Shutting the school: the decline of strategic education -- A shallow pool: the strategic knowledge of potential presidents -- Conclusion: the wrong questions -- 6.Lost wars, bleak peace: the tragedy of presidential weakness --
Contents note continued: Repeating errors: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond -- Leveraging Mars: the uses and limits of military power -- The flight from reality: threats, diplomacy, and strategic circularity -- No longer alone: America in a world great power competition -- Tyranny's rewards: America's great power competitors -- Conclusion
Machine generated contents note: Strategic success considered -- Missed opportunities and uncertain prospects -- The quiet crisis: presidents and strategy in recent decades -- Voters, presidents, and the future of US strategy -- The management of predictable failure -- Conclusion -- 1.Beyond all expectations: the American rise to preeminence -- Surviving: independence and state-building -- Thriving: the early expansion of the republic -- Slavery, territorial consolidation, and external conquest -- A near-death experience: the Civil War -- Holding fire: American reluctance to join the great powers -- Titan: the new world arbiter of European politics -- Conclusion -- 2.Victory disease: Cold War triumph and its aftermath -- The Soviet challenge: the United States as protecting power -- Erratic quality: the Cold War presidents and containment -- Misadventures: Washington's Cold War errors considered -- Plinking rats: an unimpressive hegemony -- Conclusion --
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Executive power -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Executive power -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Executive power -- United States -- History -- 21st century+2518246
Presidents -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Presidents -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Strategic culture -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations administration.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
LC no. 2011035944
ISBN 9780203126226 (ebook)
9780415598323 (hardback)
Other Titles Foreign policy, war and the American role in the world