Friday, 19 November 2010

American Way of Strategy

In what sense did American soldiers who fell on the beaches at Normandy die for the liberty of Americans? Even if Hitler had won World War II, Germany would have lacked the ability to invade and occupy the continental United States. And Imperial Japan was far weaker than Nazi Germany. It might have been able to hold on to its East Asian empire. It could not have conquered the United States and taken away the liberty of Americans.

Lind, Michael. American Way of Strategy.
Cary, NC, USA: Oxford University Press, 2006. p 14.
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American soldiers have indeed died fighting for thefreedom of their fellow citizens in the United States— not their freedom from foreign governments, but their freedom from the need to make their own government strong enough to protect them by making it too strong for liberty. The purpose of the American way of strategy has always been to defend the American way of life.

Lind, Michael. American Way of Strategy.
Cary, NC, USA: Oxford University Press, 2006. p 14.
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For there is no interest more vital in American foreign policy and no ideal more important than the preservation of the American way of life.

Lind, Michael. American Way of Strategy.
Cary, NC, USA: Oxford University Press, 2006. p 18.
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The purpose of the American way of strategy is to defend the American way of life by means that do not endanger the American way of life.

Lind, Michael. American Way of Strategy.
Cary, NC, USA: Oxford University Press, 2006. p 33.
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In order to defend the American way of life by keeping the long-term price of national security low, American statesmen have sought to reshape the environment beyond America’s borders.

Lind, Michael. American Way of Strategy.
Cary, NC, USA: Oxford University Press, 2006. p 162.
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In power politics, American grand strategy since the emergence of the United States as a great power in the late nineteenth century has combined two objectives: preserving U.S. hegemony in North America, and preventing the hegemony of a hostile power in any of the three regions outside of North America with major industrial or energy resources— Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In both world wars, U.S. leaders sought to prevent hegemony in other regions by means of great power cooperation in a multipolar world, not by means of solitary and exclusive U.S. global hegemony.

Lind, Michael. American Way of Strategy.
Cary, NC, USA: Oxford University Press, 2006. p 162.
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