The only way to avoid dodgy dossiers and dubious foreign adventures
is to acknowledge that the post-Cold War world is a far safer place than
neoconservative rhetoricians would have us believe. The Ministry of Defence
should reclaim its pre-Orwellian meaning and the armed forces should be
scaled back accordingly.
Dr Paul Robinson is Assistant Director of the Centre for Security Studies,
and also Acting Director of the Institute of Applied Ethics, at the University
of Hull, and is the author and editor of a variety of works on military
history, military ethics, and international security. He has served as
an officer in both the British and Canadian armies.
'Robinson's criticisms of the lack of logic within our current published
defence policy need to be answered.' Tim Garden, RUSI Journal
'This pithy volume is a vigorous breath of fresh policy air.'
'The arguments in this thesis are important and should be acknowledged
by the MOD and studied at the Joint Services Staff College.' Major General
(Retd) Patrick Cordingley DSO.
'A valuable and rigorous piece of reasoning that demands a good airing.'
Gray, London School of Economics, author, Al Qaeda and What It Means
to Be Modern.
'A thoughtful and interesting work that deserves attention.' Jeremy
Black, University of Exeter, author, Rethinking Military History.
'To his credit, Robinson doesn't get hysterical about al Qaida and doesn't
revert to hyperbole to make his point.' Phil Chamberlain, Tribune
'A good tract for doing less with militarism.' Edward P. Echlin,
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