The Cost of Loyalty claims without proof that the military controls American life, and that the academies control the military.
It can’t simply be taken for granted that democracy in individual states is compatible with the liberal international order.
We should keep in mind our interests and our allies. Doing so brings home to us the paradox of strategic thinking: to secure peace, prepare for war.
David Tucker is a Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center. Prior to joining the Ashbrook Center, he worked for eight year in the Pentagon and taught for 15 years at the Naval Postgraduate School. His most recent publication is United States Special Operations Forces, with Christopher J. Lamb (Columbia University Press, 2020, second edition). The views expressed here are his own.