"This important book addresses the crucial question that
advocates of extensive human rights missions wish to ignore: Does
it work? The impressively researched case studies highlight the
growing gap between declarations of policy 'success' and reality on
the ground, challenging the assumption that, with enough military
firepower and neocolonial administrators, peace and democracy can
be externally imposed across the globe."
-David Chandler, Author, Bosnia: Faking Democracy after
"America's liberal imperialists will not like Fool's
Errands at all because this excellent book shows that their
four main attempts at nation building during the 1990s -- Bosnia,
Haiti, Kosovo, and Somalia -- were all dismal failures."
-John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service
Professor, University of Chicago
"Fool's Errands demonstrates the pure folly of trying to
impose governments on people who reject them, as well as the
hypocrisy involved in calling such impositions building
'democracy.' Dempsey provides the best analysis available of the
self-defeating 'victories' of the Clinton administration in Bosnia,
Kosovo, Haiti, and Somalia."
-Robert M. Hayden, Director, Center for Russian and East European
Studies, University of Pittsburgh"