Security and Sacrifice, by Elliott Abrams
The end of the cold war has ushered in a period of considerable uncertainty about the means and, particularly, the ends of U.S. foreign policy. Many former doves have become high-flying hawks, calling for American intervention in such unlikely locales as Goradze and Kigali. On the other side of the political divide, many former hawks have shed their wings, urging restraint and caution before the United States commits its prestige and power to achieving peace and tranquility in troubled areas of the globe.
With a rising tide of confusion about what the United States should and should not do in world affairs, Elliott Abrams’s new book, Security and Sacrifice, offers both a timely and an important contribution to the debate. In it he draws upon an acute understanding of American history and his own senior-level experience making foreign policy in the Reagan administration; the resulting work demonstrates a meritorious mixture of prudence and thoughtfulness.
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