Don't Wait for the Next War

Don't Wait for the Next War

A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership

Book - 2014
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Based on his experience at the highest levels in the military, politics and business, the author offers a way for America to navigate the complex web of new national security challenges, including terrorism, cybersecurity, financial-system vulnerabilities, the rise of China and accelerating climate change.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781610394338
Branch Call Number: 327.73 C549
Characteristics: xviii, 250 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Do not wait for the next war


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Nov 07, 2016

I went to my local town hall a couple of years ago to see and hear General Clark promote this new book that he had released at that time. A former presidential candidate (2004) for the Democratic Party and Supreme Allied Commander during the war in Kosovo, Wesley Clark has some serious credentials and accomplishments. Don’t Wait For The Next War is mainly about 5 challenges that the United States faces heading into the future. They are: Terrorism, Cyber Security, The U.S. Financial System, China, and Climate Change. Although I didn’t agree with everything that he said, I respect General Clark’s positions on these issues and appreciate his ability to articulate his point of view. My only hiccup is that at times he tries to be too careful about how he presents his ideas. I realize you have to walk a fine line to be able to rise through the ranks and promote all the way to a rank of four-star General. However, now that he is no longer in that position, it would be nice to know what Wesley Clark, not General Clark really thinks.

I also wasn’t particularly impressed how much he emphasized continuing offshore drilling for oil, fracking, and bio-fuel farming. I was hoping he would emphasize the need to develop and market renewable energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal more but he is entitled to his opinion. Either way, had he been running for president today, I would have easily voted for him. Wesley Clark can think rationally, make good arguments, and work tirelessly to bring people from different sides of the political spectrum together. Right now, that is just the kind of leadership we need.


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