chapter  2
The poverty of strategy
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The neglect of arms control in that September strategy statement was expressive of a persisting blind spot within the Bush administration itself. But the other weaknesses identified in the previous chapter stem more from the failure of strategic studies to evolve as a dynamic academic discipline. Any fresh formulation of Grand Strategy, post-11 September or whenever, ought to take cognizance of every factor that bears appreciably on the promotion and preservation of peace with liberty. It could also benefit from some philosophical sense of alternative longer-term futures. In which connection, one may reflect on a thought aired in 1972 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, later to be National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter. Contrasting the time-honoured ‘international’ approach to world affairs with the more planetary one adopted by radicalized youth, he said politicians informed by new concepts were needed to blend the two.1