American Military Intervention In Unconventional War: From The Philippines To Iraq by W. BertAmerican Military Intervention In Unconventional War: From The Philippines To Iraq by W. Bert

American Military Intervention In Unconventional War: From The Philippines To Iraq

byW. Bert

Hardcover | October 3, 2011

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When should the United States intervene abroad militarily? When does it have a security interest in going into another country, even if it means fighting an unconventional war? Examining five case studies, this book concludes Americans have been too eager to intervene abroad, often exaggerating and misperceiving threats. They have also been ill prepared to fight unconventional wars like Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The United States requires more discrimination in choosing to intervene, more awareness that the costs of intervention often outweigh the benefits, and more preparedness to fight unconventional wars when necessary.

About The Author

Wayne Bert is the author of The Reluctant Superpower: United States' Policy in Bosnia 1991-95 and of The United States, China and Southeast Asian Security: A Changing of the Guard? He taught international politics and Asian studies for a decade at Wilmington College, Ohio and recently taught at the Foreign Affairs University in Beijin...

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Title:American Military Intervention In Unconventional War: From The Philippines To IraqFormat:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 3, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230119387

ISBN - 13:9780230119383

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction * The New International Environment * American Policies: Origins and Objectives * Counterinsurgency and U.S. Adaptation to Fourth Generation War * II. Case Studies * The Philippines: 1898-1901 * Vietnam: 1945-73 * Bosnia: 1991-95 * Afghanistan: 2001- * Iraq: 2003- * III. Conclusion * The Perils of Intervention

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"Wayne Bert provides a thoughtful assessment of previous American military actions. In doing so, the author makes an excellent case for tempered and rational assessments of military action, prior to the initiation of force." - Political Science Quarterly "Wayne Bert has written a serious, but very readable, study of the combination of idealism and aggressiveness that for more than a century has resulted in U.S. military interventions that almost always have failed to accomplish their objectives - either for the United States or for the target peoples and countries. Bert shows that in most cases, from the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century to Iraq in the early 21st century, the United States had no clear national security interest involved before intervention. Moreover, the 'American style of war,' which relies on overwhelming materiel superiority, was ill suited to the low-intensity warfare that ensued. As a result, he concludes, "One could make an idealistic case for all these wars, but no matter how desirable the outcome, there would still be the problem of persuading the listener that the benefits of the intervention exceeded the political, economic and human costs it sustained for both the United States and the target country." The case studies in which Bert develops his argument demonstrate the impact of ethnocentrism, even racism, on the making and execution of U.S. policy, as well as the serious difficulty until very recently in Iraq and Afghanistan that the United States has had in adapting military policy to the realities of insurgency.The reader concerned about putting the recent U.S. experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq into historical context will find American Military Intervention in Unconventional War a thoughtful and thought-provoking introduction to the topic. The book should become required reading for any future team of U.S. security advisors considering overseas military intervention." - Roger E. Kanet, Professor, University of Miami