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Book American military intervention in unconventional war : from the Philippines to Iraq / Wayne Bert.
Publication year: 2011.
Call Number U163 .B375 2011
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230119383 0230119387
Extent: xvii, 266 p. ; 22 cm.
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This book is a study of the major U.S. military interventions in unconventional war. It critiques the case for intervention on the most vital grounds of security, and the effectiveness of implementation. The authors ultimately conclude that the U.S. requires more discrimination in choosing to intervene, more awareness that costs often outweigh benefits, and more preparedness to fight these wars when necessary. An introductory section analyzes recent changes in the international system, summarizes the U.S. strategy, response and policy, and provides a framework for analysis.
"This is a study of US military intervention abroad in wars where unconventional war -- under which a variety of descriptions of nontraditional wars: guerrilla war, irregular war, asymmetrical war, low-intensity war and insurgency can be subsumed -- was an important element of the conflict ... By unconventional war I mean wars that are often intermittent, asymmetrical in battlefield firepower, with fighters that are indistinguishable from civilians, and fighters that group and fight in ways that are unpredictable and usually calculated by the guerrillas to give their side an advantage ... Three aspects of each case have been examined: the rationale for intervention, implementation of the intervention, and the result of the intervention"--Preface.
Introduction. The new international environment -- American policies : origins and objectives -- Counterinsurgency and US adaptation to fourth generation war -- Case studies. The Philippines : 1898-1901 -- Vietnam : 1945-73 -- Bosnia : 1991-95 -- Afghanistan : 2001-present -- Iraq : 2003-2010 -- Conclusion. The perils of intervention.
pt. 1. Introduction. The new international environment -- American policies : origins and objectives -- Counterinsurgency and US adaptation to fourth generation war -- pt. 2. Case studies. The Philippines, 1898-1901 -- Vietnam, 1945-1973 -- Bosnia, 1991-1995 -- Afghanistan, 2001-present -- Iraq, 2003-2010 -- pt. 3. Conclusion. The perils of intervention.