A Warhorse of a Different Color
Andrew J. Bacevich on war in the modern world
THE UTILITY OF FORCE:
The Art of War in the Modern World.
By Rupert Smith. Knopf. 448 pp. $30
Reviewed by Andrew J. Bacevich
Nearly two decades ago, Francis Fukuyama undertook to describe the nature of politics after “the end of history.” Now British general Sir Rupert Smith has set himself a similar task: to define the role of arms and armies now that war is obsolete. According to Smith, a new military paradigm has emerged, and The Utility of Force...