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Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy
Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy
By I. M. Destler, Leslie H. Gelb and Anthony Lake
Simon & Schuster, 1984, 256 pp

Three well-known and influential members of the new (since the 1950s) elite of full-time foreign policy professionals describe with insiders' authority the destructive ideological fragmentation which pervades the American approach to the world. They would like to go back to the good old days of consensus, but realize that is impossible. For the future they urge more pragmatism, less ideology.