Pay Attention to History

November 17, 2008 at 3:18 am | Posted in Economy, Office of the President | Leave a comment
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“Advice on Afghanistan: pay attention to history. Effective governance has never been exercised from Kabul. Local tribal leaders have always run the place. That should be okay with us so long as Al Qaeda is denied sanctuary. We should provide incentives to local leaders so that they will see it in their interest to keep Al Qaeda out.”

Chris Hedges interviewed Andrew Bacevich over at the Firedoglake Book Salon, with “audience” participation. Prof. Bacevich is the author of The Limits of Power, in which he argues “that the tendency to blame solely the military or the Bush administration is as illogical as blaming Herbert Hoover for the Great Depression, Bacevich demonstrates how the civilian population is ultimately culpable; in citizens’ appetite for unfettered access to resources, they have tacitly condoned the change of military service from a civic function into an economic enterprise.”

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