View Full Version : A Must Read Before We Vote

Gayle in MD
08-16-2008, 10:31 AM

Andrew J. Bacevish, The Limits Of Power

This book will highlight why John McCain as the president, would be the absolute worst thing that could happen at this time.

It is, btw, written by a former military man, who lost a son in Iraq, and is also a respected historian, and foreign policy expert.

I hope that you will also link to other very important interviews on the moyers program.

You will note, that he interviews experts from both the left and the right, and I think you will notice that they are usualy non partisan, but all of them very concerned about the circumstances we fact, and the bad direction we have taken.

Just two paragraphs from the excerpt of his book which you will find at the link provided...http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/08152008/profile2.html

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Yet ironically Iraq may yet prove to be the source of our salvation. For the United States, the ongoing war makes plain the imperative of putting America's house in order. Iraq has revealed the futility of counting on military power to sustain our habits of profligacy. The day of reckoning approaches. Expending the lives of more American soldiers in hopes of deferring that day is profoundly wrong. History will not judge kindly a people who find nothing amiss in the prospect of endless armed conflict so long as they themselves are spared the effects. Nor will it view with favor an electorate that delivers political power into the hands of leaders unable to envision any alternative to perpetual war.

Rather than insisting that the world accommodate the United States, Americans need to reassert control over their own destiny, ending their condition of dependency and abandoning their imperial delusions. Of perhaps even greater difficulty, the combination of economic, political, and military crisis summons Americans to reexamine exactly what freedom entails. Soldiers cannot accomplish these tasks, nor should we expect politicians to do so. The onus of responsibility falls squarely on citizens.

Copyright 2008 Andrew J. Bacevich. All rights reserved. Reprinted with kind permission from Henry Holt.

Gayle in Md.