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The Pathologies of Power: Fear, Honor, Glory, and Hubris in U.S. Foreign Policy

The Pathologies of Power: Fear, Honor, Glory, and Hubris in U.S. Foreign Policy

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Christopher J. Fettweis
Cambridge University Press, 9/30/2013
EAN 9781107041103, ISBN10: 1107041104

Hardcover, 320 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

The foreign policy of the United States is guided by deeply held beliefs, few of which are recognized much less subjected to rational analysis, Christopher J. Fettweis writes, in this, his third book. He identifies the foundations of those beliefs - fear, honor, glory and hubris - and explains how they have inspired poor strategic decisions in Washington. He then proceeds to discuss their origins. The author analyzes recent foreign policy mistakes, including the Bay of Pigs, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War, and he considers the decision-making process behind them, as well as the beliefs inspiring those decisions. The American government's strategic performance, Professor Fettweis argues, can be improved if these pathological beliefs are recognized and eliminated.

Introduction
pathological beliefs in US foreign policy
1. Fear
the power of nightmares in a safe society
2. Honor
credibility, resolve, and paper tigers
3. Glory
hypercompetitiveness and US foreign policy
4. Hubris
the superpower as superhero
Conclusion
pathology, realism, and the future.