"The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons from Nixon to Obama" introduces Fritz Kraemer

Fritz Kraemer
Fritz Kraemer meeting with President Nixon and Kissinger in the Oval Office, October 24, 1972 (Ollie Atkins, White House Photographer)
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Why This Is Significant: Trump Adopts Kraemer Theory

Kraemer is the father of the "provocative weakness theory," more popularly called by Neocons as "peace through strength." Kraemer believed that power came from military strength and that any sign of weakening military resolve invited trouble from our rivals. President Ronald Reagan first adopted Kraemer's theory in 1981, and it has been a force ever since.


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