Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War by Frank Jones

By Frank Jones

History has now not been variety to Robert Komer, a casualty of undesirable old research and faulty details. a chilly battle nationwide defense coverage and method adviser to 3 presidents, Komer was once the most influential nationwide protection pros of the period. The ebook starts with a overview of his youth that contributed to shaping his worldview. It then examines Komer’s impact as a countrywide safety Council employees member throughout the Kennedy management, the place he helped set its activist direction in regards to the 3rd international. Upon Kennedy’s demise, Lyndon Johnson named Komer his “point guy” for Vietnam pacification coverage, and later basic Westmoreland’s operational deputy in Vietnam.

The writer highlights Komer’s actions throughout the 3 years he strove to meet the president’s imaginative and prescient that Communism can be repelled from Southeast Asia by means of monetary and social improvement besides army strength. often called “Blowtorch” for his abrasive character and disdain for bureaucratic foot dragging, Komer got here to be noticeable because the correct individual for coping with that attempt, and in 1968 was once rewarded with an ambassadorship to Turkey. The publication analyzes Komer’s paintings throughout the Carter management as particular adviser to Secretary of safety Harold Brown and below Secretary of security for coverage and credit him for reenergizing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s traditional power and forging the army device that applied the Carter Doctrine within the Persian Gulf—the fast Deployment Joint job strength. It additionally explores his ultimate position as a security highbrow and critic of the Reagan administration’s safety regulations. The ebook concludes with an invaluable precis of Komer’s influence on American coverage and procedure and his contributions to counterinsurgency practices, a legacy now well-known for its value within the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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