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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    A must read for those concerned about the American military

    This is an important book that should be read by concerned citizens from across the politcal spectrum. Bacevich's title might throw off those who aren't aware of his impeccable conservative credentials. His thoughtful approach leaves him with little time for the pieties or bumper-sticker slogans of the Left or Right. The book traces the changes in the status and use of American military power from Vietnam to the present. The warning of the growing divide between the military and the civilian worlds is well documented here. Bacevich ends his work with ten suggestions on how to repair this gap, some of which have zero chance of being implemented (abolish the service academies?) while others are more realistic (tie federal college loans to national service). If you are a Marxist who sees the blood-stained hand of capital as the root of all that is wrong with Americam, don't buy this book. If you are a bible-thumping evangelical who thinks America has a divine mission to rid the world of evil, don't buy this book. If you want to read a thoughtful and cogent analysis of the rise of and fetishism surrounding the American military, please read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    Makes many valid points. A cogent analysis of America's misapplication of war and defense.

    This book, although written by a Conservative, gives plenty to think about, by Liberals, Moderates, and Conservatives. Mr. Bacevich lays out the uses and abuses of military power, by the civilian leadership, over the last 20+ years, and does so with skill. He makes many valid points, including, how Congress has abdicated its responsibility, to declare war; based on the notion of supporting the "commander in chief" (i.e., The President). He also lays out a course of action that should involve using war as a last resort. He does not say that America shouldn't defend itself, but use war more effectively. While one might not agree with all of his ideas, he provides more thought out strategy (something the previous administration especially did not do, when going to war, and which has partly [partially] led to our current problems.) Worth a look.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    A Must Read for Democracy

    This is an extremely important book about the threat posed to American democracy by a growing militarism in the United States. It is insightful, beautifully written, and each page is filled with courage and passion. Militarism is one of the most disturbing fundamentalisms, along with a growing religious and market-based variety, in the United States. What The New American Militarism does very successfully is to not only alert us to the dangers it poses to American democracy but it also provides a brilliant analysis of its many different intrusions into policy, culture, and everyday life. Buy two copies and do democracy a favor by giving one to a friend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    A Must Read!

    This is a great book by a politically moderate author. Our foriegn policy has been captured by the neoconservatives, Evangelical Christians and a hard core group of miltary intellectuals. The author describes this phenomenon with a clear eye and without disparaging anyone. The Congress must do a better job of oversight and the president must be held accountable for going beyond the national defense requirements of the Constitution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    Excellent, brilliant, seminal

    Bacevich understands that the problem is not how to deal with terrorism but how to deal with the hubris, laden with catastrophe, that America is God's instrument for bringing history to its predetermined destination. Being assigned such an exalted role creates the delusion that America's virtue is unquestionable. Civial officials, having no military knowledge or experience, in the White House deceive themselves that they can export American style free enterprise and democracy at the point of a gun. As in the Vietnam diasater, the 'armchair' leaders in the White House ignore the lessons of the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Extremely informative, seminal

    Bacevich, West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and soldier for 23 years, contributor to conservative magazines such as Nation -- judging by his track record, true blue conservative. He is an expert on U.S. military strategy and a professor at Boston University. He describes how civilian strategists ¿ especially Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz ¿ not military leaders, transformed a strategy of deterrence that regarded war as a last resort into a strategy of naked aggression. The resulting 'marriage of a militaristic cast of mind with utopian ends' has 'committed the United States to waging an open-ended war on a global scale.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    He missed the point

    Bacevich writes a book about the increased militarism of the USA in furthering its objective of imposing its values on the rest of the world as the only true way, divinely inspired. There is nothing about the role of the military-industrial complex in all this. Can he truly believe that Lockheed, Boeing, GE, etc., etc., etc., and their lobbyists have nothing to do with the outrageous, wasteful, and excessive spending our government commits to our military machine? Bacevich goes on and on about ideology, neoconservatives, a swashbuckling president, but makes no mention about the money. Our economy would be a disaster without all our defense spending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    The Old American Liberalism

    After listening to Bacevich on an NPR interview, I was willing to give this book a chance. Although Bacevich has an impressive military resume, it turns out that NPR had him on for a reason...he is just another irrational liberal who takes his talking points from Dan Rather. In Chapter 5 he reveals his hatred for Christians, the State of Israel and traditional values. In the final chapter he recommends eliminating US Military Acadamies and replacing them with a kind of Hillary Clinton approved ROTC and spending more money on foreign aid. Just be thankful this guy teaches at Boston University and not at West Point.

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