For three decades, Ralph Peters has been the most provocative and visionary American writer on strategy, security, intelligence, and military affairs, predicting every major trend that has plagued the post-Cold-War world. A career military officer and acclaimed author, he has always faced the issues others shunned until it was too late:
The explosion of religious terrorism and its all-or-nothing nature
The resurgence of deadly ethnic strife as borders disintegrate around the world
The fateful weaknesses of our extravagantly expensive intelligence system
The dangers of over-reliance on technology to solve human problems
The endless nature of 21st-century warfare
Our military leadership's difficulty adapting to a changed world
The colossal waste of taxpayer dollars on dubious weapons--at a cost in soldiers' lives
Why wishful thinking is as deadly as fanaticism
These and other enduringly vital themes are addressed in this definitive collection of the finest and most influential work of Ralph Peters over a generation of conflict. Lines of Fire is a career-capping and indispensible work for understanding today's crises--and tomorrow's.
About the Author
Fox News Strategic Analyst Ralph Peters is the author of 27 books, including bestselling and prize-winning novels. He has experience in over 70 countries and, as a journalist, has covered multiple conflicts. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications and he serves on the advisory board of Armchair General Magazine.
I just started reading this book so I can't give a full review, but I'm about halfway through the first chapter and he raises some great points and insights.
|"The chief aim of all government is to preserve the freedom of the citizen. His control over his person, his property, his movements, his business, his desires should be restrained only so far as the public welfare imperatively demands. The world is in more danger of being governed too much than too little.
It is the teaching of all history that liberty can only be preserved in small areas. Local self-government is, therefore, indispensable to liberty. A centralized and distant bureaucracy is the worst of all tyranny.
Taxation can justly be levied for no purpose other than to provide revenue for the support of the government. To tax one person, class or section to provide revenue for the benefit of another is none the less robbery because done under the form of law and called taxation."
John W. Davis, Democratic Presidential Candidate, 1924. Davis was one of the greatest trial and appellate lawyers in US history. He also served as the US Ambassador to the UK.