Washington Rules

August 24th, 2010

For over 60 years we have believed in the notion of The American Century. That idea has, over the years, morphed to represent a framework and justification for the seemingly unlimited projection of American power. Even our mistakes are justified in name of some divine right or manifest international destiny to direct the actions of the world. In fact, the U.S. spends more on its military than the entire rest of the world combined. Now former US Army colonel turned academic Andrew Bacevich, in his new book Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent  War, gives us an important critique of the assumptions that have, for too long, guided American policy, regardless of political party. My conversation with Andrew Bacevich: