Originally published in Reason.com
Professor Christopher Coyne reviews the book, "Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important than Winning Them," by David Keen.
They say war is a fight between forces seeking victory. But sometimes the conflict is more complicated than that. Professor Christopher Coyne reviews the book "Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important than Winning Them," by David Keen.
The way out of this situation is by no means simple or clear. But it will surely help for citizens to become more skeptical of governments' intentions when it comes to war. This would require the realization that international interventions, more often than not, do more to undermine citizen safety than to enhance it. Shifting public opinion requires the reiteration of Smedley Butler's message, and Useful Enemies does that nicely.
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