In his new book: Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War, Andrew Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations, as well as twenty-three years in the US Army, where he retired as a colonel, and where he also lost his son in Iraq, relates a possibly bleak scenario for our great nation, if we should fail to lessons of world history: An effective approach to national security is one that will keep us safe, and that will preserve and enhance our prosperity. Our country's current path fails on every point. It's NOT keeping us safe; it's certainly depleting our resources; it's not building our prosperity; and it's costing a ton of money, and they no longer work at all, though we still demand that the United States exclusively maintain a global military presence, though not to configure our US military to defend our country, but rather to serve as instruments of power projection, and finally to support a policy of global interventionism. At one time the Brits had a dominant battle fleet, under Napoleon, France had a people in arms, but our current military structure does not fit our present needs: According to Obama's speech last December announced that the US would send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. As we used to say in Germany: "Woher nehmen, und nicht stehlen" , which means: "Where shall we take them from, without stealing them" (From another of his "many" missions.
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