The United States has long been one of the guardians of stability in the world. Johns Hopkins University professor of strategic studies Eliot A. Cohen joins us to talk about why traditional boots on the ground are still vital for keeping the peace – even in an age of unconventional warfare. He writes about the topic in “The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force” (Basic Books).
Members of the U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division listen as gunfire erupts during a joint operation with the Iraqi army in the town of Buhriz, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. Lauren Frayer/AP Photo