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The Politics Of National Security: Congress And U.S. Defense Policy
The Politics Of National Security: Congress And U.S. Defense Policy
By Barry M. Blechman
Oxford University Press, 1990, 249 pp.

Neither Blechman's conclusions nor his recommendations are unfamiliar: for instance, that many members of Congress serve longer and so are more experienced than their executive branch colleagues; that the nation's interests are best served when the two branches conspire, as they did over the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty; and thus that the executive should seek comity more often than it does. But Blechman is both seasoned in the executive and sympathetic to Congress, and the recent war in the Persian Gulf makes his exhortation all the more welcome.