Schmitt’s Counterstrike is as lucid, clear and comprehensive an explanation of the country’s foreign policy direction as we are ever likely to have in non-government speak. The book is not an apology, defense or condemnation. It begins with a fact – terrorism is a long term threat - and then dissects the difficulty of identifying the sources of threats while simultaneously trying to thwart the inevitable attack attempts. The deterrence strategy of the Cold War era at first seemed like it might not be useful against an enemy with no territory or resources (targets) against which to promise
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