New York. 1992. Pantheon Books. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 45. 604 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Peter A. Davis. 0394559452. keywords:. inventory # 16305. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Informed by newly declassified and previously unpublished documents, Instruments of Statecraft is an authoritative study of American covert, unconventional warfare waged against ideological adversaries, from the Truman administration up to the recent war in the Persian Gulf. Since World War II, assassination, sabot age, kidnaping, torture, the overthrow of foreign governments, and other terroristic activities have been intrinsic to our national defense policy. These have been justified time and again as necessary to combat communist insurgency and, more recently, terrorism - as the only effective response to the barbarism ascribed to, or projected onto, our enemies - be they Sandinistas or the PLO. So it is that America has maintained forces - including the OSS, the CIA, the Green Berets, and the Delta Force - that have specialized in dirty warfare with impunity, in Nicaragua, Lebanon, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Afghanistan. Guatemala, Africa, Cuba, Central America, and Greece, among other places. Michael McClintock gives a fascinating and alarming exposé of the dark side of American foreign policy while examining its tactical roots - from the pronouncements of Clausewitz and Raymond Aron, to its ideological basis in the Monroe Doctrine, Theodore Rooseveltís Big Stick foreign policy, and Woodrow Wilsonís post-colonialist crusade. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Uses recently declassified documents to survey the American use of covert warfare against terrorists and adversarial states
From Kirkus Reviews: The locale may have changed--Greece, the Philippines, Vietnam, Africa, Central America--but the strategy was the same: a proxy action by the US government fought on the cheap and on the sly against the Soviet Union. This cautionary history by McClintock (The American Connection, 1985--not reviewed) makes extensive use of declassified and previously unpublished documents, but never breathes life into this sordid tale. McClintock finds that unconventional warfare resulted largely from anticommunist fervor and studies of the new type of war waged by both Axis and Allied powers in WW II. With Third World brushfire conflicts breaking out in the postwar period, US policymakers saw guerrilla warfare as a means of striking back against the USSR by ``fighting fire with fire,'' yet without resorting to open intervention. American units, including the OSS, the CIA, the Green Berets, and the Delta Force, taught surrogates such techniques as assassination (the infamous contra manual), sabotage, kidnapping, coups, and torture. This isn't news, of course, having been covered in analyses of CIA excesses against Castro, counterinsurgency doctrine in Vietnam, and the Iran-contra scandal, but McClintock supplies a context and many new details, particularly on how special-warfare doctrine has been employed even in the post-cold war era, in fighting the Gulf War and Latin American druglords. And while McClintock's questions--is unconventional warfare consistent with American ideas of humanitarianism and liberty, and is it even effective in the long run?--are important, they lose their force amid his turgid prose and lumbering narrative. A controversial, often dismaying chapter in American history, examined with depth but not grace. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Title: Instruments Of Statecraft: U. S. Guerrilla ...
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
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