Only When Necessary: Andrew Bacevich On The Over-Reliance Of Militarism
In his book, The New American Militarism, Bacevich explains that a set of 'Washington rules' that govern the nation's military strategy have led to perpetual war. And, he argues, that's not a good thing. As he explains in the interview, there is too much emphasis on trigger-happy solutions to conflicts with other nations. He agrees that war, sometimes, can be necessary, but it should not be constant. Nor should it be so easy to get Congress to "throw you the keys to the car and say drive wherever you want and send us the bill." Drawing from extensive military experience both in the field and in academia, Bacevich paints a detailed picture of America's current domestic and international policies. He explores the pitfalls of the America's military mindset—and how we can, and must, change it going forward.