[act-ma] Andrew Bacevich: August 3rd, Brookline, MA presents his new book: "Washington Rules" exposing US Military policies

Susan Serpa neimpeach at gmail.com
Mon Aug 2 18:33:30 PDT 2010


 http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/mainevent.html

 *brookline booksmith
279 Harvard St. Brookline MA 02446 (617) 566-6660 *

*writers & readers series*
 *IN-STORE EVENTS *
*- Free and open to the public*
 *- Seating begins at 6:30pm*

*Tuesday, August 3 at 7pm
Andrew Bacevich – **Washington
Rules*<http://www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com/book/9780805091410>
* *

*Andrew Bacevich, BU professor and former military official, wowed readers
and pundits with The Limits of Power, his exploration of the end of American
exceptionalism. His new book, Washington Rules, takes on our current
military policy. Publishers Weekly calls it "an unsparing, cogent, and
important critique."*


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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 as it 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. *

*Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at
Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He
is the author of The Limits of Power and The New American Militarism. His
writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The
New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the
recipient of a Lannan Award and a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations.*

*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 as it 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. *

*For more information and critics:*

http://www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com/book/9780805091410
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