Monday, August 22, 2011
Looks like Stephen Glain has written a promising new account of America's "perpetual war,"
The myth of Soviet superiority was barked by the White House, swallowed by the press, cheered by the Pentagon and carried the country through the pitiful collapse of the Soviet Union. However, our “enemy deprivation syndrome” was later filled by the Islamist terrorist threat. Desert Shield and consummate generals such as Colin Powell brought the “romance with the military” to primetime. The momentum of militarization has become unstoppable, Glain writes gloomily. In crisp, authoritative writing, the author sets down some scathing portraits, from MacArthur to Rumsfeld, and in a powerful conclusion, exposes the disequilibrium between the U.S. civilian versus military resources throughout the world and the continued “appeasement” by President Obama to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It seems we will never know when to say, enough is enough. While our armed forces have been reduced in Iraq, they have been correspondingly increased in Afghanistan. It also appears that the apparent success of NATO and rebel forces in Libya might lead NATO to contemplate similar actions in Syria.