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Breach of Trust How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country

ISBN-10: 1250055385
ISBN-13: 9781250055385
Edition: 2014
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Description: A blistering critique of the gulf between America's soldiers and the society that sends them off to war, from the bestselling author of "The Limits of Power" and "Washington Rules"The United States has been "at war" for more than a decade. Yet as  More...

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 9/9/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

A blistering critique of the gulf between America's soldiers and the society that sends them off to war, from the bestselling author of "The Limits of Power" and "Washington Rules"The United States has been "at war" for more than a decade. Yet as war has become normalized, a yawning gap has opened between America's soldiers and the society in whose name they fight. For ordinary citizens, as former secretary of defense Robert Gates has acknowledged, armed conflict has become an "abstraction" and military service "something for other people to do.""In Breach of Trust," bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.Citing figures as diverse as the martyr-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the marine-turned-anti-warrior Smedley Butler, "Breach of Trust" summons Americans to restore that principle. Rather than something for "other people" to do, national defense should become the business of "we the people." Should Americans refuse to shoulder this responsibility, Bacevich warns, the prospect of endless war, waged by a "foreign legion" of professionals and contractor-mercenaries, beckons. So too does bankruptcy--moral as well as fiscal.

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.

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