I give the Human Dimension White Paper: No grade. This isn’t the graded event anyway, it’s only the scene setter. And I’m not handing out dunce hats either—let’s leave that to the readers, not the critics.
In his latest article, Tom Ricks presents an interesting interpretation of a Rosa Brooks piece, describing it as an attempt to “smackdown” 19th century strategic theorist Carl von Clausewitz and his modern disciples. This would be unsurprising as Mrs. Brooks can exhibit a disdain for the old. But the semantic debate is meant to serve a more significant argument about the expanding use of military force to address contemporary threats.