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By Chuck Hagel

ISBN-10: 0061436968

ISBN-13: 9780061436963

Senator Chuck Hagel has lengthy been famous through his colleagues on each side of the Senate ground for his honesty, integrity, and common sense method of the demanding situations of our occasions. The l. a. instances has praised his ''bold positions on international coverage and nationwide security'' and puzzled, ''What's to not like?'' In the US: Our subsequent bankruptcy , Nebraska-born Hagel deals a hard-hitting exam of the present kingdom of our state and offers immense, significant proposals that may advisor the United States again onto the correct direction.

In the US: Our subsequent bankruptcy , Hagel speaks the reality as he sees it—in an immediate and refreshingly unvarnished demeanour. Basing his feedback on thorough study and cautious notion, in addition to on own perception from his years as a political insider, profitable businessman, and embellished battle hero, he discusses family issues—including the well-being care trouble, immigration, and Social protection and Medicare reform—and international weather swap. He confronts overseas coverage difficulties that the present management has bungled or missed, together with China's transforming into financial system; keep watch over of U.S. debt; India's and Pakistan's nuclear features; and Iran's competitive political, ideological, and nuclear stances. He decries the pervasive disorder of 3rd global poverty, arguing convincingly that this is often the place the true struggle opposed to terrorism needs to commence. consistently actual to the ideals instilled in his adolescence at the prairie, he speaks passionately approximately service—to one's nation and to one's fellow citizens—as the trail towards a renewed the USA. And, after all, he offers a candid exam of the debacle that's the Iraq battle.

A staunch Republican but a ''hero to liberals'' ( Time ), Hagel asks the cruel questions and gives you directly solutions to America's so much urgent difficulties. the US: Our subsequent bankruptcy is a significant, sincere, and, finally, confident examine our nation's destiny, from an American unique.

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Probably not, but it does mean—given our overwhelming power—that 20 LIT BY LIGHTNING today’s challenges squarely confront this nation as they do no other. I have always been fascinated with the historian Arnold Toynbee’s theory of the rise and fall of civilizations. “Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor,” he wrote as he considered the fate of the world’s great civilizations. In other words, a civilization is like a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

America was the head of this global march toward progress because of its leadership and vision, not because of its imposition of power. This was an extraordinary turn in world affairs: leadership and international cooperation founded on coalitions of common interests. In the past, nations led because of overwhelming power, and they tended to dominate through intimidation and even brutality. Europe ruled the world in the nineteenth century by virtue of its gunboats and its occupying armies. These colonial powers drew much of their strength and their wealth from their imperial dominions.

For ten years our F-16s— operating out of Saudi Arabia and Turkey—provided a protective umbrella for the Kurdish north (30 percent of the country) and, to a lesser degree, the Shia south (another 30 percent). The Kurds prospered more in those ten years than at any time in their history. As for the issue of weapons of mass destruction, our trip turned up no evidence or even strong suspicions of evidence of Saddam’s possessing them. In spite of this, the war crowd in the administration grasped for every shred of intelligence no matter how far-fetched, and, in the most chilling and colorful turns of phrase, ominously warned that Iraq was getting close to a nuclear break-out.

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