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The Books

Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
Base Nation

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
by David Vine

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
No Good Men Among the Living

America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
by Anand Gopal

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich
Breach of Trust

How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
by Andrew J. Bacevich

Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
Power Systems

Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam
by Nick Turse

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren
We Meant Well

How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
by Peter Van Buren

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War by Andrew BacevichWashington Rules
America's Path to Permanent War
by Andrew Bacevich


Dismantling The Empire: America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers JohnsonDismantling The Empire
America's Last Best Hope
by Chalmers Johnson


The Limits Of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich
The Limits Of Power

The End of American Exceptionalism
by Andrew Bacevich


Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World by Noam Chomsky
Imperial Ambitions

Conversations on the Post-9/11 World
by Noam Chomsky


Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin
Empire's Workshop

Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
by Greg Grandin

A Question Of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Alfred McCoy
A Question of Torture

CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror
by Alfred McCoy

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency by Michael Klare
Blood and Oil

The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
by Michael T. Klare

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January 29, 2015

Comments

This article by Andrew J. Bacevich is simply 'spot-on'. Mr. Bacevich is always brutally honest, goes to the point and says what needs to be said. My concern is that those most needing to read what he writes are quite likely those least likely to do so. It seems apparent that one of the causes of polarization in America is that the major political parties/people only talk with like-minded fellow travelers.

I concur with the previous comment. As a retired army officer who completed his last tour in the never ending treadmill called Afghanistan, there is nothing in any of Dr. Bacevic's writings that I have not personally experienced or witnessed. Throughout four tours, I was continually stunned by the utter lack of strategic and tactical imagination by officers in my grade and higher as well as innumerable DOD, DOS, DOJ, and OGA functionaries cloistered away in fusion cells and tactical operations centers. At every level it reminded me of a dog chasing its tail. I vividly recall briefing Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz in June 2002 as an operations officer in JTF-510, OEF Philippines. As a former US ambassador to Indonesia he appeared to have little interest in the unique nature of the Malay Islamic insurgency in the southern Philippines. Rather he stressed repeatedly that it was part of something bigger, transnational in scope. It was all cold war rhetoric with the international communist threat repackaged as 21st century global AQ jihad. Honestly, I look forward to impending confinement into nursing homes of the pre-baby boom and baby boom generation of policy wonks and politicans. There they can endlessly argue over Richard Nixon, Viet-Nam, the best Rolling Stone's album, and everything else while my son and daughter's generation tries to deal with the reality of 21st century problems, many of which may make the calamities of 14th century Europe look like a tempest in a teapot. Unfortunately, I will likely be sequestered in one of those confinement facilities with them, forced to listen through it ad nauseam. My 8th circle of Dante's hell.

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