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WASHINGTON RULES: America's Path to Permanent War

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Retired Army colonel Council of Foreign Relations member Bacevich (History and International Relations/Boston Univ.; The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, 2008, etc.) discards long-held "habits of conformity," rethinking America's mission abroad.Despite some platitudinous slogans, the author makes a valiant attempt to rewrite some wrongful convictions held by American ... Read full review

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Well written, intriguing and convincing. A good read.

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The title simultaneously refers to the beltway, namesake, possible result, and the name of the national security consensus since WWII which is no longer as effective. The sacred trinity now holds that the US needs global presence, power projections and interventionism. The inability to distinguish institutional well-being from that of the nation has led to the present conditions. This affected historical figures such as Allen Dulles, Curtis LeMay and Maxwell Taylor. The author takes issue with the way things have turned out for the US. The arguments are nonpartisan. The return to counterinsurgency demonstrates an abandonment of victory as an objective. The US could revert to the tradition of military for defense and Just War. Americans would see soldiers stationed in the country as citizen-protectors. This frees up resources to restore the economy.  

Review: Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

User Review  - David - Goodreads

This is my third Andrew Bacevich foreign policy book and they are all worth reading. In this work he shows the continuity of American foreign policy since the end of WWII through the Obama ... Read full review

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