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The third option : an American view of counterinsurgency operations / Theodore Shackley.


New York : Reader's Digest Press : [1981] .
ISBN 0070563829, 9780070563827

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Subjects Contre-rébellion -- Cas, Études de.
Counterinsurgency -- Case studies.
Counterinsurgency.
États-Unis -- Politique militaire.
Military policy.
Politique mondiale -- 1965-1975.
Politique mondiale -- 1975-1985.
United States -- Military policy.
United States.
World politics -- 1965-1975.
World politics -- 1975-1985.
World politics.
Description xiii, 185 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1981]
[1981]
©1981
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-176) and index.
Summary Year by year, nation by nation, the United States has relinquished its ability to control events throughout the world. This abdication of global responsibility has created vast power vacuums. The challenge is unmistakably clear: do we control our own destiny and survival, or do others -- others who mean us no good. Our options in dealing with this dilemma are painfully few. At one end there is negotiation and diplomacy; at the other lies the unthinkable--war. Now Theodore Shackley opens up for thoughtful readers another way, a more flexible use of power--the Third Option. In this, one of the most important books of the coming decade, an outstanding intelligence officer and expert on counterinsurgency offers a long-range strategy for America. In broad strokes he pictures the challenge that faces us in the eighties; then he presents a detailed examination of how counterinsurgency can work to protect our interests in a volatile and rapidly changing world. He discusses the phases of insurgency: the cadre phase, using the El Salvador as a case study; the operational phase, using and the covert war phase, using Angola as a case study. Each of these case studies, a valuable lesson in how intelligence services actually operate, reveals how Soviet-backed insurgencies threaten the security of the free world. The challenges and dangers we face require us to view our national security in terms of the interrelationship of political, economic and military factors--if we intend to remain a great power. The message of this book is that we cannot limit our national security to a strictly military or diplomatic alternative. To achieve our foreign policy objectives and to help friendly nations resist subversion we must turn to the Third Option.
Genre Case studies.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)7170374
(OCoLC)ocm07170374
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Shackley, Theodore.
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