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By Winslow T. Wheeler

The eleven chapters offered right here through Wheeler (Center for protection info) represent a wide critique of present US army guidelines and associations that issues to decades-long difficulties that the authors consider are corroding US army and political energy

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Fourth generation movements seldom harbor ambitions in this area. Like the FARC in Columbia, for example, their real objectives might be to build a socialist Utopia in the jungle while letting the government in Bogotá (which the FARC had originally been created to overthrow) provide political cover. al-Qaida may indeed want to build a caliphate that would expel non-Muslims from Muslim lands and spread Islam around the world, but sees others, not itself, as ruling it. Chechen rebels fight Moscow for loot as well as for independence.

It defined the nation-state as the new governing entity, and decreed that it alone would have the power to make war. All other war-making entities were illegitimate and those who fought for them would be treated not as soldiers but as outlaws. The confinement of lawful violence to states would bring the stability needed for commerce and industry to flourish, learning and science to advance, and for people to feel secure for themselves and their property. After the treaty was signed, Europe adopted the state system with remarkable speed.

15 At first there was some excuse. President Woodrow Wilson lost no time in exercising his new powers as armed forces commander in chief. Within a year, well before any serious military reform was possible and completely contrary to his re-election platform he brought the United States into the First World War. 16 Although the Army had expanded five-fold since 1898, it was still far too small for a European war. Even after all Reservists and National Guardsmen had been called up, the Army would have to expand ten-fold.

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