Sunday, May 07, 2017

Thoughts about America

Andrew Bacevich believes that we are not discussing the issues that are relevant to our survival. The media is spending way too much time and effort palavering about Trump. I think he makes a lot of sense. He has 24 issues to discuss. Here are his first five:

1. Accomplishing the “mission”: He wants our allies to "assume responsibility for managing their own affairs". 

2. American military supremacy: This is something I've been wondering about for a long time - Since we have spent so much time and money on our armed services, why haven't we won a war since WWII? "Could it be that we’ve taken the wrong approach? What should we be doing differently?"

3. America’s empire of bases: We have troops stationed around the world. Has this made for a safer world?

4. Supporting the troops: We worship our "warriors".  "Why has discussion and debate about its deficiencies not found a place among the nation’s political priorities?"

5. Prerogatives of the commander-in-chief:  When was the last time Congress had a major say in our going to war?

I hope to comment on his remaining issues but I'm ready for bed and will do so over the next couple of days.

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