Brave New War – Review and Interview
My review of John Robb’s important new book, Brave New War, is up at The Examiner.
The terrorists are not only winning, they are unstoppable. We’re wasting trillions on defense and homeland security in a futile attempt to fight an enemy we don’t understand.
After laying out such a horrible scenario, the custom is for the author to lay out a simple solution for fixing the problem that could have been done years ago if only the people in power were not so incompetent. Robb offers no such magic bullet.
Instead, he explains that we must simply “learn to live with the threat they present” and adopt a “philosophy of resilience that ensures that when these events do occur (and they will), we can more easily survive their impact.”
I also conducted an email interview with the author, parts of which appear as a sidebar article. Robb argues that the lack of major attacks in the United States since 9/11 have more to do with the terrorists than anything we’ve done. And he thinks Thomas Barnett is far too optimistic about our ability to eventually prevail.