Washington Rules America's Path to Permanent War

ISBN-10: 0805094229

ISBN-13: 9780805094220

Edition: 2011

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Description: "Tough-minded, bracing, and intelligent . . . the country is lucky to have a fierce, smart peacemonger like Bacevich."The New York Times Book ReviewHailed as "brilliant" (The Washington Post),Washington Rulesis Andrew J. Bacevich's bestselling challenge to the conventional wisdom that American security requires the United States (and us alone) to maintain a permanent armed presence around the globe, to prepare our forces for military operations in far-flung regions, and to be ready to intervene anywhere at any time. Adopted by administrations on both sides of the political spectrum during the past half century, this Washington consensus on national security has become foreign policy gospel when, according to Bacevich, it has outlasted its usefulness.With vivid, incisive analysis, Bacevich assails and exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie this pervasive faith in military might, especially the notion that overwhelming superiority will oblige others to accommodate America's needs and desireswhether for cheap oil, cheap credit, or cheap consumer goods. Instead, Bacevich argues that we must reconsider the principles which shape American policy in the world and acknowledge that fixing Afghanistan should not take precedence over fixing Detroit. As we enter a period when our militarism has become both unaffordable and increasingly dangerous, replacing this Washington consensus is crucial to America's future and may yet offer the key to the country's salvation.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/29/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.43" wide x 8.23" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Andrew Bacevich was born in Normal Illinois. He was a graduate of West Point in 1969 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He later held posts in Germany and the Persian Gulf up until his retirement from service in the early 1990's. He has a PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University and has taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998 and becoming Professor of International Relations. He has been a critic of the U.S. occupation of Iraq calling the conflict a catastrophic failure. He wrote several books including American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy and Washington Rules.

Introduction: Slow Learner
The Advent of Semiwar
Illusions of Flexibility and Control
The Credo Restored
Reconstituting the Trinity
Counterfeit COIN
Cultivating Our Own Garden
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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