Monday, May 19, 2008

Philip Bobbitt's Terror and Consent

I’m going to have to try to read this one since Dennis Prager had him on his show. Prof. Bobbitt worked for Clinton (and Bush the Elder) and is a Democrat but supported the invasion of Iraq. If I’m not mistaken, he also dated Nanci Griffith for a while.

The Townhall Prager radio blurb:

Philip Bobbitt, Professor of Federal Jurisprudence and the Director of the Center for National Security at Columbia University. He is also Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas. His latest book is Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century.

From the Amazon blurbs:

"Brilliant . . . This is quite simply the most profound book to have been written on the subject of American foreign policy since the attacks of 9/11--indeed, since the end of the cold war . . . It should be read, marked and inwardly digested by all three of the remaining candidates to succeed George W. Bush as president of the United States."
--Niall Ferguson, The New York Times Book Review


Stephanie said...

This looks spot on to me (quoting the WashPo review of this book): the world is in transition from nation states to "market states" whose strategic reason for being "is the protection of civilians, not simply territory or national wealth or any particular dynasty, class, religion or ideology."

The increasing irrelevancy of the nation state has been a hot topic amongst my coworkers the last few years.

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