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Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating

by Thomas P. M. Barnett

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This is not as successfully argued as his first book, The Pentagon's New Map. Pity the poor pundit as Barnett optimistically posits a positive appraisal for the Pentagon and Americans. No such blueprint could possibly exist since the world we are in is much more precarious than Barnett seems to believe. There is much that is wishful thinking here.

In contrast to his first work, he does expand on an Islamic global presence.
1 vote gmicksmith | Aug 10, 2008 |
The United States stands at a threshold. It can withdraw into itself. Or it can seize a moment to forge the most peaceful period in human history, where war becomes unknown. Thomas P. M. Barnett, a former at the U.S. Naval War College professor and advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense maps a sweeping vision for the U.S. military in this the sequel to his influential The Pentagon's New Map.

Barnett argues the U.S. military has a massive doctrinal flaw. It possesses unrivaled power to win wars. Yet has little ability to win the peace. Take Iraq. No thought was given to postwar stabilization and reconstruction.

He advocates creating a new Department of Global Security. He foresees it being tasked with restoring countries after an armed intervention by U.S. forces. He argues the new department would also work to reduce economic and social instability in regions of the developing world that currently are “outside the map.”

Barnett is an original foreign policy thinker. This book answers many of the questions left hanging with his first. For me, his insights place our foreign policy in a context I rarely see in my other reading.

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The world is a mess. Iraq is becoming another Vietnam. Iran and North Korea are trying to get nukes or may already have them. Al Qaeda is still on the loose. In the middle of this turmoil, Tom Barnett believes America stands at a threshold. It can withdraw into itself. Or it can seize an opportunity to forge the most peaceful period in human history, where war becomes unknown. Barnett is a former professor at the U.S. Naval War College and senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has been called "one of the most important strategic thinkers of our time."

Barnett maps out a sweeping new vision for the U.S. military in Blueprint for Action, the sequel to his influential previous book The Pentagon's New Map. He says the U.S. military has a massive doctrinal flaw. It has an unrivalled power to win wars. But it has little ability to win the peace. Witness Iraq, where virtually no thought was given to postwar stabilization and reconstruction. He advocates creating a new Department of Global Security in the U.S. government, tasked with putting countries back on their feet after an armed intervention by U.S. forces. He says the new department would also work to reduce economic and social instability in "disconnected" regions of the developing world. "It all starts with America and yes, it all starts with security," he writes. Barnett's vision is highly U.S.-centric and recalls the "white man's burden" philosophy of British colonial authorities. He advocates "regime change" in North Korea and Venezuela. And his solutions for the problems of the Third World are straight out of a banker's mouth: privatization, deregulation, globalization. But Blueprint for Action is an important account of the current thinking and debates at the highest levels of the Pentagon. --Alex Roslin

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Senior adviser and military analyst Barnett tells us how we get to the future he envisioned in The Pentagon's New Map. In this pragmatic, thought-provoking, and optimistic book, he explores both the long- and short-term pathways for governments, institutions, and individuals alike. Paying particular attention to such nations and regions as Iran, Iraq, and the Middle East, China, North Korea, Latin America, and Africa, he outlines the strategies to pursue, the entities to create, the pitfalls to overcome.--From publisher description.

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