Friday, November 25, 2011

WASHINGTON RULES by Andrew Bacevich

We spend more on our military than every other country in the world combined, with the Pentagon still living as though it's still the 60s (Cold War), projecting military might across the globe while China and Japan and Korea compete economically with production of products other than just bullets, cigarettes, and sugar water. In WASHINGTON RULES, former Col. Andrew Bacevich shows why change in American foreign policy is inevitable, and should be approached with courage instead of a blind refusal to face the new socio-economic realities of the 21st Century.  With the subtitle "America's Path to Permanent War," the audiobook shows how we got to this point---accepting wars as inevitable, with stagnation in Congress, and the Trinity (Army, Navy, Air Force) demanding to maintain the status quo of funding through pressure and lobbyists. Sean Runnette narrates this education of a "thinking military man," a phrase which should no longer be an oxymoron.  In WIRED FOR WAR author P.W. Singer outlines the future of war, if we continue to go into debt with military spending, and if Moore's Law also continues apace.  What will happen is anyone's guess, but as an ancient Chinese curse put it, "may you live in interesting times." 

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