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Andrew Bacevich: U.S. Militarism

Retired Army colonel and big thinker Andrew Bacevich on why it’s time to throw out the playbook on American military policy.

During a rescue mission by a team from a U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, a U.S. soldier helps an Afghan Army soldier in southern Afghanistan, Monday Aug. 2, 2010. (AP)

American makes too much war, says former soldier now scholar Andrew Bacevich. The country can’t afford it, he says. It’s not even good strategy anymore, he says. But it doesn’t stop. 

And it doesn’t stop for a reason. A whole matrix of interests and assumptions, writes Bacevich, propel the United States toward power projection and war – even when it’s not working. 

Bacevich lost his own son in Iraq. But this is not about one family. It’s about a nation, he says, too wedded to war. 

Guest: 

Andrew Bacevich, retired U.S. Army colonel, and professor of history and international relations at Boston University. His new book is “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War.”  You can read an excerpt here.

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