Book Crossroads of intervention : insurgency and counterinsurgency lessons from Central America / Todd Greentree ; foreword by Robert W. Tucker.
Associated Name: Tucker, Robert W.
Publication year: 2009.
Call Number F1436.8.U6 G74 2009
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st Naval Institute Press pbk. ed.
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 9781591143437 1591143438
Originally published: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2008.
"First Naval Institute Press paperback edition published 2009" -- T.p. verso.
Extent: xiii, 196 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Much can be learned today about the nature of irregular warfare, the author argues, from the experiences of the United States and the other protagonists in Central America during the final decade of the Cold War. This strategy and policy analysis examines origins, dynamics, and termination of the Sandinista insurrection in Nicaragua, the Salvadoran government's decade-long counterinsurgency against the FMLN guerrillas, and the Contra insurgency against the Sandinista. Todd Greentree establishes historical, political, and conceptual relationship between U.S. involvement in the Central American wars, the Vietnam War, and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then develops a general analytical framework for understanding the fundamental and recurring nature of insurgency, counterinsurgency, and intervention. Greentree cites U.S. involvement in Central America during the 1980s as clearly demonstrating costs, risks, and limits to intervention and use of force in internal conflicts and warns that the consequences of such involvement must not be forgotten--Publisher's description.
1. Introduction: The strategy and policy of intervention in Central America -- 2. What was at stake? -- 3. The problem of limits -- 4. The fall of Somoza and the triumph of the Sandinista -- 5. Reform with repression in El Salvador -- 6. The Contra War -- 7. Every war must end -- 8. Aftermath and epilogue.