Accession Number : ADA194275

Title :   Does NATO Weaken the West.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Kuerz, William F

PDF Url : ADA194275

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : This book analysis seeks to determine the effectiveness of Melvyn Krauss' argument in his book 'How NATO Weakens the West'. To solve the problem, a stair-step approach was taken. The steps were: a background on the author, a book synopsis, analysis of Melvyn Krauss' evidence, and conclusion and other opinions of the book. Mr. Krauss uses three major arguments to convince the reader NATO weakens the U.S. financially and politically. Research was first accomplished to see if his arguments were true. Then, an analysis was made on his conclusion of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Europe. Although the facts concerning his evidence were true, the application of the evidence was perceptual. If his argument was strictly one from a U.S. point of view, he made it but from a very biased and sheltered position. His conclusion showed a lack of foreign policy and military background. He used economic theory to resolve an international problem. The author of this study concludes that Mr. Krauss made a poor overall argument for a U.S. troop withdrawal from NATO Europe. The book would make adequate preparatory reading for a military or international affairs student. It will give the reader a definite point of view concerning NATO's troubles and reinforce, by a bad example, the need for better writing organization.

Descriptors :   *NATO, *NATIONAL DEFENSE, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, UNITED STATES, FOREIGN POLICY, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), REMOVAL, PERCEPTION

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE