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Why is the World So Dangerous
A New Booklet by Herb Meyer
"I loved it! I agree with every word."
Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist, Host of “Need to Know”
The original version of Why is the World So Dangerous helped change the course of history:
“As a friend of Herb, I have long wanted his full story to be told to the public, only to be told by Herb that classification and clearance requirements would prevent him from telling it himself. To Mr. Meyer’s great surprise, however, one of the key intelligence documents revealing his historic (and that is not too strong a word for it) contribution to victory in the Cold War has been declassified, and historian Paul Kengor has told the world. In a fascinating article, Prof. Kengor lays out the story of how one man’s brilliance changed the world.
‘From 1981 to 1985, Meyer was special assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence, Bill Casey, and vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. In the fall of 1983, he crafted a classified memo titled, “Why Is the World So Dangerous?” The memo has eluded historians, which is a shame. It ought to rank among the most remarkable documents of the Cold War.’”
Editor and Publisher, The American Thinker
So will this new version:
You cannot win by playing defense. When you play defense, the best you can hope for is to keep a bad situation from getting too much worse…We’ve gone from a culture that values hard thinking, to a culture that tolerates soft thinking….Soft thinking has had a crippling effect on our politics and on our foreign policies…we’re doing things that cannot possibly work…. The US has gone from being the world’s leader, to being just another big country….and the alternative to American power isn’t shared responsibility. It’s global chaos.
From Steven Hayward at Powerline:
"Meyer’s most significant point is the unity of our foreign and domestic situations. Normally we divide foreign affairs and domestic affairs into separate domains with little or no relation to one another, but Meyer understands their vital connection, which he simply calls 'soft thinking.' He’s suggesting there’s a reciprocal relationship between soft thinking at home and soft thinking abroad." (Read full article here)
About the Author:
Herbert E. Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. In these positions, he managed production of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimates and other top-secret projections for the President and his national security advisers. Mr. Meyer is widely credited with being the first senior US Government official to forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union -- a forecast for which he later was awarded the U.S. National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, which is the Intelligence Community’s highest honor.
In 2003, Mr. Meyer produced and hosted The Siege of Western Civilization, a DVD outlining the threats to our security, our economy, and our culture that became an international best seller.
Formerly an associate editor of FORTUNE, he has authored several books including The War Against Progress, Real-World Intelligence, and Hard Thinking. Mr. Meyer and his wife, Jill, are co-authors of How to Write, which is among this country’s most widely used writing handbooks.
He is author of two eBooks: How to Analyze Information: A Step-by-Step Guide to Life’s Most Vital Skill, and The Cure for Poverty, which explains how the Free Market works and how entrepreneurs create jobs.
Mr. Meyer’s essays on intelligence and politics have been published in The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Policy Review, The American Thinker, and Ricochet. He has been a guest on leading television and radio talk shows.
Mr. Meyer is a popular speaker on the lecture circuit. He delivers his overview of global trends and developments, entitled What in the World is Going On, to corporations, business associations, student organizations and public affairs groups throughout the world.
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