Here is a short excerpt from that hour-long interview:
If this doesn't leave you thinking, then give it up. You have nothing to think with.
[H/T to Talking Points Memo.]
Addendum 8/16/2008 1:11 pm CDT
Here is a link to the full transcript of the show "The Imperial Presidency" which aired last night.
Here is a video of the entire show shown last night.
This is Bacevich's newest book "The Limits of Power" which is scheduled for release next Tuesday, August 19, 2008.
This is Barnes & Noble's synopsis of the book:
The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America:
These pressing problems threaten all of us, Republicans and Democrats. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: the neglected tradition of realism.
- the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad;
- the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only;
- U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic.
Andrew J. Bacevich, uniquely respected across the political spectrum, offers a historical perspective on the illusions that have governed American policy since 1945. The realism he proposes includes respect for power and its limits; sensitivity to unintended consequences; aversion to claims of exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that the books will have to balance. Only a return to such principles, Bacevich argues, can provide common ground for fixing America’s urgent problems before the damage becomes irreparable.
[I have added the emphasis and the bullet points. Editor WTF-o]