by Andrew Bacevich
Every presidential election we are told by both sides that this is the most important election in history. Much of that urgency surrounds the supposed foreign policy differences between Democrats and Republicans. But as Andrew Bacevich, a West Point graduate, retired army colonel and conservative historian, observes in Washington Rules, American foreign policy decisions run much deeper than what the current party in power is able to control. Bacevich explains how such decisions have become part of the “American credo,” which posits that United States interests and security are furthered by and predicated on a global American military presence with the ability to strike any time, anywhere. Bacevich makes the case, however, that such an empire does not truly serve American interests and that to continue on the current path is to risk our own economic and social demise.
Praise for Washington Rules
“Eloquent and, above all, passionate. Every serious foreign policy thinker should heed his call.” – Newsweek
“To say that Washington Rules is a breath of fresh air in the debate over U.S. foreign policy would be like comparing a zephyr to a hurricane. Writing with Force-Five fury, Andrew Bacevich lays bare the dogmas and shibboleths that have animated national security doctrine for the last half century… This passionate, often discomforting book brings rare clarity to a subject of urgent importance for all Americans.” – David Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom from Fear
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