1st Edition

Deploying Ourselves
Islamist Violence, Globalization, and the Responsible Projection of U.S. Force

ISBN 9781594517440
Published April 30, 2011 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

In Deploying Ourselves, David A. Westbrook puts the case for major reform of US national security. He argues that today's national security establishment is outdated and entrenched in a model of defence more befitting the post-World War II Cold War era than today's realities. In a world without military peers, Westbrook argues, the US must re-create its institutions in order to wield influence globally, based on co-operation with other states and groups. Deploying Ourselves includes specific proposals to make US national security institutions more democratically accountable.


“Excellent. . . . Westbrook is refreshingly direct and realistic. He cuts through so much of the cant surrounding the global war on terror.”
—Andrew Bacevich, Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University and author of The Limits of Power

“Highly readable. Deploying Ourselves builds a persuasive case for extending the classical political framework for the legitimate use of military force to the global polity, leading to sound advice for conducting the war against terrorists. It should be read by concerned citizens as well as responsible government officials.”
—Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard, Jr., PhD

“This thought-provoking book reflects on the need to re-examine security policy in an increasingly interdependent world, where threats to peace have taken new and ever more dangerous forms. Westbrook offers practical suggestions for a security policy that is smarter about politics in the classical sense of ordering our lives together. Deploying Ourselves is a timely, important work that deserves to be widely discussed.”
—Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

“With the rhetorical power and texture of Tom Paine’s Common Sense, this gripping work of deep intellect, diagnostic acumen, and stunning turns of phrase leads to proposals of reform in the conduct of our foreign, military, and security/intelligence affairs that make radical common sense.”
—George E. Marcus, Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Irvine, and Member of the American Anthropology Association’s Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the U.S. Security and Intelligence Communities

“This book opens up new analytic ground for grappling with some of the most difficult and complex issues of our time. And it gives us pragmatic answers that can take us out of the spirals of current strategy. Westbrook avoids familiar tropes and gives us an original point of view. A great book that should be widely read.”
—Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director, Center for Global Thought, Columbia University

“This timely book by David Westbrook makes a powerful case for understanding the U.S. war against Muslim extremism as also and ultimately a political battle for Muslim hearts and minds. His unconventional but persuasive argument, inspired by a realistic rethinking of the arts of both war and statecraft in a global age, should prove a useful counterweight to current tendencies to short-circuit the cultural and diplomatic, not just military, tasks before us.”
—Frank Vogel, Former Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School

“According to Westbrook, the aim of this book is to examine the dilemma the US faces in understanding the political consequences of deploying its armed forces to other countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq…The author correctly explains that many policy makers fail to understand that conducting politics in war is a critical element in implementing policies, but Americans fail to note that the interests of friends and foes must be taken into account…Recommended.” --CHOICE December 2011 Vol. 49 No. 04