Washington Rules

Washington Rules

America's Path to Permanent War

Book - 2010
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The bestselling author of The Limits of Power critically examines the Washington consensus on national security and why it must change

For the last half century, as administrations have come and gone, the fundamental assumptions about America's military policy have remained unchanged: 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. In the Obama era, just as in the Bush years, these beliefs remain unquestioned gospel.

In a vivid, incisive analysis, Andrew J. Bacevich succinctly presents the origins of this consensus, forged at a moment when American power was at its height. He exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie our pervasive faith in military might, especially the notion that overwhelming superiority will oblige others to accommodate America's needs and desires--whether for cheap oil, cheap credit, or cheap consumer goods. And he challenges the usefulness of our militarism asit has become both unaffordable and increasingly dangerous.

Though our politicians deny it, American global might is faltering. This is the moment, Bacevich argues, to reconsider the principles which shape American policy in the world--to acknowledge that fixing Afghanistan should not take precedence over fixing Detroit. Replacing this Washington consensus is crucial to America's future, and may yet offer the key to the country's salvation.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805091410
Characteristics: 286 p. : 22 cm.


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Apr 10, 2014

I do not necessarily disagree with Bacevich, simply that he always sounds forever clueless: yet another military/academic type who cannot fathom the underlying agendas at work. Wars make money for specific individuals, which was why the Rothschild bankers financed so many in Europe, and why Rockefeller, Morgan, Mellon, du Pont, Harriman [and Ford to a lesser degree] financed a good portion of Hitler's Third Reich, something gleaned from those congressional investigations in the 1940s. War sows chaos, and it is in chaos, be it fluctuating prices, supply and demand, and the munitions industries, that the unholy profit is to be made. Not a scholarly book. [The origins of the Morgan and Carnegie fortunes date back to the Civil War; Morgan bought defective, castoff flintlocks from the Union Army, then relabeled and resold them back; Carnegie made his money as Superintendent of Military Railways and Telegraphs, knowing where to invest from a steady stream of insider information, then receiving sweetheart contracts once the rebuilding began.]

Feb 16, 2013

A powerful critique of post WWII US foreign policy. Bacevich is a good read for people confused about why so little changed with Obama's election in 2008.


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