Summary: Sunday's post discussed the price we pay for our wars in money and blood. Today Andrew Bachevich (Colonel, US Army, retired) explains how we have forgotten about these wars and the price paid -- and why we have forgotten. "How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars." At TomDispatch, 5 October 2017. Introduction by … Continue reading How We Learned Not To Care About Our Wars
Summary: Andrew Bacevich is one of our most acute political observers. In this essay he accurately describes one aspect of the rot affecting our politics. The solution he proposes reveal the deeper and more serious rot. There is a solution, if we have the will and wit to make it happen. "The Post-Cold-War Consensus … Continue reading Andrew Bacevich looks at America’s political rot and describes solutions
Summary: Yesterday's introduction by Tom Engelhardt explained how we follow experts with records of almost continuous failures, but are surprised by the logical result. Today Andrew Bacevich takes this logic one step deeper, asking about the role of intellectuals in setting America's geopolitical strategy -- which has been one of increasing belligerence and militarization during … Continue reading Will our geopolitical “experts “lead us to ruin?
Summary: We loved Tom Clancy's fiction because it gave a realistic gloss to our myths about ourselves, about America, and about our military and intel agencies. Unfortunately millions of his readers believed they were seeing an accurate picture. In fact Clancy got the details right, but most of the big things totally wrong. Gorbachev was … Continue reading Tom Clancy, manufacturer of myths that kept us happy & ignorant
Summary: Each major decision point for a great nation is an intelligence test of its people. As is the decision to re-involve ourselves in Iraq. The architects of the failed war urge action, based on the usual threat inflation. Those who correctly forecast its futility urge caution. Have we learned anything from our long failed … Continue reading Choose to follow those who were right about our wars, or those who were wrong