In this special episode, we talk to veteran, author, and professor emeritus Andrew Bacevich, who was an early critic of the Bush Administration's folly in Iraq. As a Vietnam veteran, he easily recognized the crusader path of contemporary military officials and the deployment of the American missionary ethos that kept us entrenched in that war for a decade (we still have troops there today). We share some recollections on this 20-year anniversary of the war, and some thoughts on America's continuing foreign policy follies, this week.
More from Andrew Bacevich:
The self-deceived deceivers of war, Boston Globe, 3/13/23
The Reckoning that Wasn't, Foreign Affairs, 2/28/23
In the Virtues of Whataboutism, Tom Dispatch, 2/14/23
Paths of Dissent: Soldiers Speak out Against America's Misguided Wars (Macmillan Press, 2022)