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Of Men and Materiel: The Crisis in Military Resources.
Edited by Gary J. Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly
AEI Press, 2007, 180 pp.
The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars.
By Robert D. Hormats
Times Books, 2007, 368 pp.
History may not repeat itself, but, as the saying goes, it does sometimes rhyme. In January 2009, as in January 1953, a newly elected president will inherit a costly and controversial foreign conflict, one that a majority of Americans have concluded cannot be won and should never have been fought. As was true half a century ago, the United States now finds itself both in the midst of a "hot war" and in the early stages of a protracted global struggle against an implacable, ideologically committed foe. Now, as then, the American people have not fully come to grips with the frightening
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