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Post- 9/11 Stability Operations: How U.S. Army Doctrine Is Shaping National Security Strategy   [open pdf - 696KB]

"It was only a matter of time before the elevated language of post-9/11 security discourse, and the phrase the global war on terrorism itself, was bound to reap both practical applications and studied reversals. Without the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan and each country's challenging reconstruction projects, one might expect idealist solutions to this historical juncture. Only 8 short years ago, the 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States (NSS 2002) offered just that, the virtues of pressing for freedom and democracy against a new breed of post--Cold War threats. In now memorable language, the policy document linked 'the great struggles' of the 20th century 'between liberty and totalitarianism' to a 'single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy, and free enterprise, displaying the 'black and white' worldview of unchallenged power, NSS 2002 grouped 21st-century nations together that 'share a commitment to protecting basic human rights and guaranteeing political and economic freedom,' arguing that these values would 'assure their future prosperity.' Such values, it noted, are 'right and true for every person' in 'every society,' and, in turn, 'the duty of protecting' them 'against their enemies' is the 'common calling of freedom-loving people across the globe and across the ages'--a role spearheaded by the United States insofar as it enjoyed 'unparalleled military strength and great economic and political influence.'"

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2010-12
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National Defense University Press: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/
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PRISM (December 2010), v.2 no.1, p.101-120
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