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The Long War Ahead and the Short War Upon Us
A new book by Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John Wohlstetter.


Book Cover: The Long War Ahead and the Short War Upon Us
The Long War Ahead and the Short War Upon Us, provides an assessment of the successes and failures of the United States' War on Terror, six years after 9/11. As important, it provides a fresh perspective on how to meet the challenges posed by a war with many fronts in a complex and shifting environment.

Mr. Wohlstetter sees two wars with very different challenges: a Long War lasting generations, against radical Islamist ideology, a civilizational war of survival, between imperfect civilization and perfect barbarism. The Short War is a war of prevention, attempting to head-off a WMD catastrophe, whose impact could make eventual victory in the Long War seem hollow. We have, Wohlstetter writes, failed to invest enough human and material resources to give ourselves the best chance to prevail. The only thing we cannot afford in a war of survival is to lose, and "even a single large-scale WMD event will make any foregone security investment seem cheap by comparison."

The book is the first by Discovery Institute Senior Fellow John Wohlstetter, and draws upon his years of experience studying defense policy and his work on national security telecommunications issues during a long career in the telephone industry. His background also includes experience in corporate and communication law, and strategic assessment. Mr. Wohlstetter is also the author a Discovery Institute blog, Letter from the Capitol, which covers a broad range of topics with a particular focus on war-related issues.

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What People are Saying About the Book:

"John Wohlstetter's 'The Long War Ahead and The Short War Upon Us' is a tour de force that not only outlines the problems we are obliged to confront, the misperceptions that surround the conflict, but the methods and assumptions that should be applied for the ultimate victory."

Herb London
President, Hudson Institute


"After many years pondering policy at some of our finest think tanks John Wohlstetter has produced a readable, cogent, and informed book on the challenges we face in this new world of rogue states, Islamofascists, and general purpose terrorists motivated merely by dispendious wrath. It is must reading for policy makers and the general public, lest we suffer more and worse 9/11s ahead."

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Founder and Editor in Chief of The American Spectator


"Far-seeing and wise, John Wohlstetter in the tradition of true American patriots has written a brilliant guide to the principles, practices and priorities vital to victory in 'The Long War Ahead'."

Claudia Rosett
Journalist-in-Residence, Foundation for Defense of Democracies


"John Wohlstetter comes to the business of strategic analysis naturally. His father, Charles, his uncle, Albert, and his aunt, Roberta, were among the most brilliant, respected and successful practitioners of this valuable craft of their generation. With this book, John promises to become one of his."

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
President, Center for Security Policy