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"Americans mispercieve the world and their role in its evolution"

by Andrew Bacevich Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM
mbatko@yahoo.com

"The bedrock assumption to which all of official Washington adheres, liberal Democrats no less than conservative Republicans, is that the United States itself constitutes the axis around which history turns. We define the future..."

"This self-image, combining grandeur with insufferable smugness, both energizes and perverts U.S. foreign policy. It inspires American policymakers to undertake breathtakingly bold initiatives such as the Marshall PlanHarry Truman setting out to rebuild a Europe laid prostrate by war. Yet it also inspires the likes of George W. Bush to pursue his Freedom Agendaan expressed intent to transform the entire Islamic world, providing a rationale for open-ended global war.

Amdrew Bacevich is professor of History and International Relations at Boston University. His latest book is: Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War."

to read Andrew Bacevich's article published in: Boston Review Jan/Feb 2010, click on

http://bostonreview.net/BR35.1/bacevich.php

to watch Andrew Bacevich on Book TV Sept 12, 2010, visit

http://www.booktv.org/Watch/11815/Washington+Rules+Americas+Path+to+Permanent+War.aspx
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