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Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country

Andrew Bacevich

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Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781250055385
Published:
24 Sep 2014
Publisher:
Macmillan
Dimensions:
256 pages - 210 x 140 x 25mm

The United States has been “at war” for more than a decade. Yet as war has become normalized, a yawning gap has opened between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight. For ordinary citizens, as former secretary of defence Robert Gates has acknowledged, armed conflict has become an “abstraction” and military service “something for other people to do.”

Citing figures as diverse as the martyr-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the marine-turned-anti-warrior Smedley Butler, Breach of Trust summons Americans to restore that principle. Rather than something for “other people” to do, national defence should become the business of “we the people.” Should Americans refuse to shoulder this responsibility, Bacevich warns, the prospect of endless war, waged by a “foreign legion” of professionals and contractor-mercenaries, beckons. So too does bankruptcy—moral as well as fiscal.

Washington Rules 9780805094220, Breach of Trust (Hardcover) 9780805082968

In Breach of Trust, bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.

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