War and Destiny
James Kitfield. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2005. 386 pp. Bib. Index. $27.50.
Reviewed by William Thomas
As debate continues over the use of intelligence leading up to the war in Iraq, it is nice to be able to step outside the emotion and learn about the path on which the U.S. is traveling. James Kitfield's War and Destiny explains the neoconservative ideology and its effects with such clarity that nothing happening today in Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere should be a surprise.
Kitfield, a reporter who has covered national security affairs for nearly 20 years, displays an understanding of defense issues that allows him to get beyond political rhetoric and find the underlying basis for modern policies. He traces the birth and growth of the neoconservative movement as it influences international relations. This ideology shaped the American response to 9/11, the decision to invade Iraq and the progress that has followed, and the transformation of the U.S. military. Kitfield explains its effects at points along the way.