Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 29, 2008 - History - 246 pages
America's power is in decline, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past few years is well known. Why it happened continues to puzzle. Celebrated Slate columnist Fred Kaplan explains the grave misconceptions that enabled George W. Bush and his aides to get so far off track, and traces the genesis and evolution of these ideas from the era of Nixon through Reagan to the present day.

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A flawed, poorly-researched, and obviously left-wing diatribe against US military technology and use of it. Thankfully a page was provided online to review. The first paragraph of that page (17) had two major errors. The author states that the Thanh Hoi bridge was surrounded by "eighty-five [surface-to-air missle] SAM sites and a wing of MiGs at a nearby air base." The number of SAM sites defending all of North Vietnam at the peak of the conflict in 1972 was just over 200 (Ref: General William W. Momyer, Air Power in Three Wars). Kaplan shows pure incompetence stating that almost half of all SAM sites defended Thanh Hoi. Futhermore, the North Vietnamese Air Force operated in regiments not wings, and of the three regiments, none were ever based near Thahn Hoi.
Intrigued by such garbage, I researched further and found that accolades for this book had been given by none other than James Fallows, the father of all elitist, left-wing, and anti-military technology authors who pose as competent and objective researchers.
Footnotes? Sources? None. Failure? Yes. Don't bother.



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Fred Kaplan writes the "War Stories" column in Slate. The author of the classic book The Wizards of Armageddon, he has also written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, and other publications. He earned a Ph.D. from MIT, worked as a foreign policy aide on Capitol Hill, and spent decades as a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter in Washington and Moscow. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, NPR journalist Brooke Gladstone.

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