Readers may recall that in the Autumn 2002 issue of the Naval War College Review, Professor James F. Miskel, of the National Security Decision Making Department, argued that the U.S. government often defines national interests in such general terms that its specific goals are not clearly communicated to the American public and to other governments.1 In the Spring 2003 issue, Professor P. H. Liotta, also of the National Security Decision Making Department, responded with a counter- essay arguing that while distinguishing core strategic interests—those for which Americans would be willing to die—from significant interests is almost never easy, it is also essential.
Liotta, P. H. and Miskel, James F.
"Still Worth Fighting Over? A Joint Response,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 57
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol57/iss1/11