Who Read What: Political Figures Share Their Favorite Books of 2021
Rep. Mike Gallagher: The 2018 National Defense Strategy called for a transformational shift in American deterrence. Rather than deter by punishment, or respond to aggression through cost imposition after the fact, the Pentagon would now deter by denying aggression from happening in real time. As experts continue to warn of a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan within the decade, denying such an invasion must be our top defense-planning priority. Elbridge Colby wrote the 2018 strategy, and has now written “The Strategy of Denial,” a book making its case to the American public. Mr. Colby spells out what we need to do in order to deter—and if necessary, win—a war over Taiwan. Given the lack of urgency within the defense establishment regarding a Taiwan crisis, as well as the Biden administration’s attempts to abandon deterrence-by-denial in favor of an amorphous concept of “integrated deterrence,” Mr. Colby’s book is an essential read.
The Wall Street Journal