Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws, by Michael Klare
Michael Klare is the Nation’s defense correspondent and one of the Left’s leading critics of U.S. foreign and defense policies. During the 1980′s, he regularly castigated the Reagan administration for its military build-up and other policies such as support for anti-Communist insurgents and counter-terrorism initiatives, all of which he saw as addressing nonexistent threats and/or feeding the self-aggrandizing appetites of the U.S. military-industrial complex.
Now, with these cold-war controversies behind us, Klare has returned as the author of a book analyzing U.S. policy vis-à-vis one of the main problems of the new era—“rogue states” and “nuclear outlaws,” or the third-world radical regimes bent on obtaining weapons of mass destruction. Though he does not go so far as to offer excuses for what the rogue states do, his indignation is still principally directed, as before, at the United States. Klare’s book is thus an interesting document: it is a revealing case study in the Left’s intellectual confusion concerning the turbulent new world we have entered.
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