By Frank Jones
The writer highlights Komer’s actions throughout the 3 years he strove to meet the president’s imaginative and prescient that Communism can be repelled from Southeast Asia through monetary and social improvement besides army strength. often called Blowtorch” for his abrasive character and disdain for bureaucratic foot dragging, Komer got here to be noticeable because the correct individual for handling that attempt, and in 1968 used to be rewarded with an ambassadorship to Turkey. The publication analyzes Komer’s paintings in the course of the Carter management as distinctive adviser to Secretary of protection Harold Brown and below Secretary of safeguard for coverage and credit him for reenergizing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s traditional power and forging the army tool that applied the Carter Doctrine within the Persian Gulfthe fast Deployment Joint job strength. It additionally explores his ultimate function as a protection highbrow and critic of the Reagan administration’s safety guidelines. The publication concludes with an invaluable precis of Komer’s influence on American coverage and method and his contributions to counterinsurgency practices, a legacy now famous for its value within the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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