Friday, August 27, 2010

"Washington Rules"

The title of this post is the title of a just published book by Andrew Bacevich, Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University, and a retired professional soldier. His two careers, and what motivated him in each, are what makes this essay so credible.

Here's the Introduction to that book, which I found at

It's somewhat longer than most pundit columns found in newspapers, but it is worth every minute required to read all of it.

This essay is about what it takes to come to grips with what one has assumed to be conventional wisdom. It's about real education, often requiring a turning away from dogma and making up one's own mind about what matters. Often it takes great courage.

Andrew Bacevich has displayed such courage. If you only have time to read one piece on how American Imperialism has dominated our foreign policy since 1945, regardless of which party is in power, this should be that one.

This is much bigger than partisan politics.


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