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By Tom Chatfield  

I’ve recently been reading through an especially stellar new volume of essays: The World Crisis: The Way Forward After Iraq, which includes pieces by Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Michael Heseltine, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Frank Carlucci, George P Shultz and Geoffrey Howe.

Perhaps it’s the overbrilliance of these gathered stars, but the only essays that have really grabbed me thus far have been Carter’s summary of the boggling scale of the US military-industrial complex and the threat America now poses to its own dearest values, and Kissinger’s synopsis of the history of world politics as we know it (arrogant, brilliant, and tinted…

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