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An incisive elegantly written new book about America's uniue role in the world Tom Friedman The New York Times A brilliant and visionary argument for America's role as an enforcer of peace and order throughout the world and what is likely to happen if we withdraw and focus our attention inwardRecent years have brought deeply disturbing developments around the globe American sentiment seems to be leaning in. In this essay Kagan prosecuted his case with such aplomb that if you have a marginal understanding of geopolitics you might wonder why his position is not the default position The problem or lets say disagreement comes when you have a prior positionI agree with Kagan that America has a big role to play in the global stage but I differ with him on the extent and the methods used A lot of times Kagan seems to be a war monger and stopping short of calling for preemptive strikes The tone was also a tad be condescending Kagan talking about countries as if they are kids and America the good baby sitter who saw to it that they grew into good adults All the good in those countries was somehow credited to America and lets not forget the book title that seems to suggest anything unamerican is a thicket deep in the jungleI could go on and on about my disagreements with Kagan but he had some good points A lot of times he was telling it like it is and he gave conflicting positions a fair hearing He is also a superb essayist with a good grasp of foreign policy and though you might not like his positions you will learn a lot about the open positions out there in the current geopolitical environment

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The Jungle Grows Back

Creasingly toward withdrawal in the face of such disarray In this powerful urgent essay Robert Kagan elucidates the reasons why American withdrawal would be the worst possible response based as it The Jungle PDFEPUBis on a fundamental and dangerous misreading of the world Like a jungle that keeps growing back after being cut down the world has always been full of dangerous actors who left unchecked possess. A journalistic writing without methodological framework in defence of the current liberal world order

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The desire and ability to make things worse Kagan makes clear how the realist impulse to recognize our limitations and focus on our failures misunderstands the essential role America has played for decades in keeping the world's worst instability in check A true realism he argues is based on the understanding that the historical norm has always been toward chaos that the jungle will grow back if we let it. An extended essay in which Kagan passionately argues that America must continue in its role as the world s policeman After WW II American economic military and political power secured a liberal world order In Western Europe and the Far East democracy flourished and the war ravaged economies were rebuilt Although this was achieved in the context of the Cold War Kagan states that American leadership was planned by leaders like President Truman and Dean Acheson before the confrontations with the Soviet Union began in 1946 It was a reaction to the results of American isolationism after WW I To Kagan the most significant event in post WW II was not the fall of the Soviet empire but the democratization and pacification of Germany and Japan However the threat of international Communism justified to many Americans the enormous cost of defending allies who had by 1989 grown prosperous After the collapse of the Soviet Union we adopted a na ve belief that we had reached the end of history and allowed the world to slip into its current confused and perilous state The threat now is from revanchist nationalistic and intolerant states and non state actors Authoritarianism a comfortable form of government in stressful times is now ascendant Russia China Eastern Europe the Mid East are dominated by leaders who disparage democracy and individual rights and promise a return to past glories Kagan doesn t see either democracy or autocracy as inevitable However even in the US the golden child of the Enlightenment we have elected a president who is as illiberal and tribalistic as Hungary s Viktor Orban More constrained domestically but far dangerous to the world s future Kagan posits a world much like that in the first half of the 20th century Without the guarantee of American protection Germany and Japan will return to militarism Their neighbors will form alliances to protect themselves We will be back to a Hobbesian world this time with nuclear weaponsKagan takes a too expansive view of America s capabilities and responsibilities He blames every bad thing in the world on our failure to act He sees Vietnam and Ira as justified efforts undone by poor execution I see them as being based on false premises These adventures reduced the credibility of the American people in their government He doesn t mention our previous support of jihadists in Afghanistan Blowback does not seem to concern him failures of omission are much worse than those of commission It s possible that the world is now evolving towards a rejection of the post war liberal world order or neo liberalism as it s often termed The US has to develop new strategies involving greater flexibility Unfortunately we have a president with no knowledge or sense of history who has apparently no idea of the fire he is playing with Kagan sees Obama as being weak but that Trump is an unmitigated disasterOverall I agree with Kagan that because of her geography wealth and democratic experience America is the indispensable nation as Bill Clinton put it If any other nation aspires to the title no one should trust them


10 thoughts on “The Jungle Grows Back

  1. says:

    Robert Kagan is among the most capable apologists for the US led liberal international order While the crimes and follies of the post WW2 order weigh heavily on our minds Vietnam Ira etc there are also genuine accomplishme

  2. says:

    This book is like one of those pharmaceutical commercials you see that portrays the happy healthy life circumstances of people because they take Brand X pill to treat whatever condition afflicts them and that would otherwise lay them low Meanwhile the calming voice of a narrator ticks off all the possible side effects from taking the pill What do I mean by this? Let’s start with a uote from the author himself

  3. says:

    In this essay Kagan prosecuted his case with such aplomb that if you have a marginal understanding of geopolitic

  4. says:

    If nothing in Kagan’s book surprises or terrifies you then you’ve been unhappy for a long timeThe Jungle Gro

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    the piece Canada’s instinct is to redouble its commitment to old principles rather than to adopt new ones It remains a vocal defender of human rights which pleases idealists but annoys despots Ms Freeland says that one of her favourite new books is Robert Kagan’s “The Jungle Grows Back America and our Imperilled World” a gif

  6. says:

    A journalistic writing without methodological framework in defence of the current liberal world order

  7. says:

    An extended essay in which Kagan passionately argues that America must continue in its role as the world's policeman After WW II American economic military and political power secured a liberal world order In Western Europe and the Far East democracy flourished and the war ravaged economies were rebuilt Although this was achieved in the context of the Cold War Kagan states that American leadership was planned by leaders

  8. says:

    Kagan is predictable in his likes dislikes and beliefs He speaks and believes in absolutes and absolutely believe

  9. says:

    This essay was fascinating and really disected the outcome of WWII and the lasting world order since At times some parts seemed to be redundent but the flow made sense and kept me interested It's also interesting to me that most past presidents haven't necessarily been at either end of the spectrum Most have agreed to the same type of foreign policy and simply package it differently I think if we were all students of our own country and hi

  10. says:

    This is one of that books that I love because it makes me really wonder if maybe a bunch of things I believe are ill founded while bolstering a strain of thought that I think I've secretly harbored for a long time But I also think the book leaves out a lot Sure a unipolar world a US led liberal order is safer and stable for many or at least