U.S. delusions

An army man changes his mind
Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University, uses strong words to describe what is going on in the U.S. He speaks of a “crisis of profligacy,” “collective recklessness” and a “dysfunctional country.” He says our political system empowers an “imperial presidency” and possesses “delusions of grandeur.” This is surprising commentary coming from a onetime military man who was a soldier’s soldier.

Until the early 1990s Bacevich devoted himself for decades to an upward trajectory in the U.S. Army, where he attained a rank just below that of brigadier general. He bent all things to that end. For 20-some years he possessed a no-nonsense devotion to duty, honor and country and answered the call of his country even when he might have questioned it.


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