Steve Grant's Reviews > Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond

Imperial Grunts by Robert D. Kaplan
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Aug 31, 2007

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The vast net of US military commitments around the globe is largely invisible to the american taxpaying public - and Imperial Grunts does a good job of taking the reader on a tour of this world

I found myself reassured by what I read here - the military on display here is smart, quiet, adaptable, and effective. This is the way a global war against non-state actors needs to be fought.

But I found my enjoyment of this new world, and all its very important foreign policy implications, clouded by Kaplan's starry-eyes cryptofascist worship of military force as an instrument of foreign policy. Maybe I'm still irritated by his fanboy writeup of the B-2 in this months Atlantic, but there are times when Kapan gushed over military globalization the way Friedman gushes over economic globalization - which is to say breathlessly, unabashedly pro-globo... with the downside always conveniently omitted.
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