July 1, 2008


What Bush hath wrought (Andrew J. Bacevich, July 1, 2008, Boston Globe)

Among other things, the Bush team has accomplished the following:

# Defined the contemporary era as an "age of terror" with an open-ended "global war" as the necessary, indeed the only logical, response;

# Promulgated and implemented a doctrine of preventive war, thereby creating a far more permissive rationale for employing armed force;

# Affirmed - despite the catastrophe of Sept. 11, 2001 - that the primary role of the Department of Defense is not defense, but power projection;

...wouldn't you rather shoot down the four jets over NYC and DC than use Hellfire missiles to take the terrorists out while they're still in the Tribal areas?

N.B. Oops, just realized that the way we excerpted this essay you may not realize the author thinks these are bad things.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2008 3:42 PM

All I had to do was see that it was from the Boston Globe to know that the author those were bad things.

Posted by: Dreadnought at July 1, 2008 3:59 PM

Yep Dread, Pravda for America's most European region.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 1, 2008 4:16 PM

Dreadnought got in ahead of me. Yeah, the byline was enough.


Posted by: Ric Locke at July 1, 2008 5:59 PM

Be kind. Bacevich was always sceptical of the war in Iraq. Then he lost his son there last year. It´s terrible. I still can´t agree with him, though.

Posted by: wf at July 1, 2008 6:12 PM

Why terrible? His son gave his life in a noble cause.

Posted by: oj at July 1, 2008 8:03 PM

Just getting a Leftie to admit that the DOD is supposed to "defend" us is an improvement, I guess. (As I said in the posting on CHinese earthquake relief, too many people want the military to do everything but fight.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 1, 2008 8:56 PM

I understand that, but since he considered the war to be wrong the loss must hurt even more. Ok, I guess it´s not much of a point.

Posted by: wf at July 2, 2008 1:59 PM

Well, yes, if he considers the liberty of 20 million Iraqis to be meaningless then his son's death would seem so too. That doesn't make the loss a tragedy, just his dismal views.

Posted by: oj at July 2, 2008 3:34 PM
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