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War and Order: Reflections on Vietnam and History
Author: Liska, George
Section: Politics
Owner: kemokid (Rating: 22)
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Owner Review: Copyright 1968. Studies in International Affairs Number 11, from the Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, may they all burn in hell.

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"A proponent of the war, Professor Liska here offers an original conceptual perspective for assessing our involvement, based on an imperial [such honesty! He'd make a great neo-con] obligation for the United States to uphold world order, as distinct from the quest for colonies. His central thesis is simple: like it or not, the power and wealth of the United States force her to have world-wide interests and responsibilities. The nation can either altruistically [by killing millions of Vietnamese] use its power to assure a modicum of order in the affairs of men or decline the role of a great nation by retreating within its borders. The U.S., he argues, should become both more objective and more professional in meeting its responsibilities. it can do this only by lucidly defining its role in terms of a transcendent, neutral objective such as world order and by its readiness and capability to intervene whenever and wherever local conflicts threaten to escalate beyond an aceeptable level. The nation will achieve a mature outlook of this nature only when it realizes the proper interrelationship between an expansive foreign policy and the orderly political integration of a pluralistic society. For another analysis of the debate that reaches different conclusions, see Robert W. Tucker's _Nation or Empire?_, Number 10 in this series."

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