Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief.(Briefarticle)(Book review).

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Sale, a journalist who specializes in writing about national security, assesses President Bill Clinton as chief of the armed forces, which he ordered into combat on several occasions during his presidency. Maintaining that Clinton, whose reputation on assuming office was distinctly nonmilitary, became a resolute leader, Sale examines his transformation by way of crises that came up on Clinton's foreign policy agenda. Parallel to examining Somalia, the wars in ex-Yugoslavia, the defiance of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, and attacks by Islamic terrorists, Sale lines up the advisors and advice Clinton received. Sales argues that the first-term Clinton foreign policy team had too many ineffectual, mediocre members, but that their replacements, such as the technocrat William Perry for the politician Les Aspin at the Pentagon, performed far better. Seemingly well connected to Washington's national security cadres, Sale expands upon then-secret operations the president sanctioned and also discusses his overt military decisions, such as bombing targets in Iraq, Serbia, Sudan, and Afghanistan. A positive depiction of President Clinton's exercise of military power.--Gilbert Taylor

Named Works: Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief (Nonfiction work) Book reviews

Source Citation
Taylor, Gilbert. "Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief." Booklist 1 Oct. 2009: 17. Academic OneFile. Web. 23 Dec. 2009. .

Gale Document Number:A209696187

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