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“America's Role in a World Transformed ”
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In light of the devastating effects of the pandemic on the country, including the loss of more than 600,000 people, we cannot afford the conventional understanding of national security that has prevailed up till now.

One of the big changes that Bacevich proposes is to end U.S. involvement in NATO. “NATO has become an exercise in nostalgia,” as it tries to guard against threats that no longer exist while it is incapable of addressing contemporary problems that do not have a military solution. Our European allies have the means to provide for their own defense, but for decades the U.S. has actively discouraged them from building up their own security institutions for fear of undermining NATO. There is growing recognition on both sides of the Atlantic that the current arrangement makes no sense and European states need to assume more responsibility for their own defense. Continued U.S. membership in NATO is not only unnecessary, but it actually impedes European states’ efforts to develop their own capabilities. In short, “U.S. security guarantees to Europe have today become redundant,” and therefore Bacevich proposes that the U.S. should announce its intention to withdraw “within the next decade.”

Bacevich goes on to say that the U.S. should close down several of its combatant commands overseas, including European Command, Africa Command, and Central Command. Significantly demilitarizing our foreign policy and moving towards what Bacevich calls “sustainable self-sufficiency” require that the U.S. dismantle large portions of the structures that it has used to engage in fruitless military interventionism. It is important to note that Bacevich does not call for withdrawing from East Asia or ending any of the alliances that the U.S. has there.

the U.S. needs to cut away its unnecessary and outdated security commitments to focus on those few that truly matter.

Bacevich calls for downgrading the “special” relationships with Britain and Israel and instead treating these countries as normal countries that we deal with like any others.

Maintaining the “special” relationship has been very costly for Britain, since it has led more than one government to plunge into unnecessary war in solidarity with the U.S., and the expectation of British servility has bred an ugly willingness on our government’s part to abuse Britain and take it for granted.

The case for downgrading the relationship with Israel is even stronger. Unlike the U.K., Israel is not and never has been an ally of the United States.


Bacevich is critical of U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War era, maintaining the United States has developed an over-reliance on military power, in contrast to diplomacy, to achieve its foreign policy aims.
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One of the big changes that Bacevich proposes is to end U.S. involvement in NATO. “NATO has become an exercise in nostalgia,” as it tries to guard against threats that no longer exist while it is incapable of addressing contemporary problems that do not have a military solution. Our European allies have the means to provide for their own defense, but for decades the U.S. has actively discouraged them from building up their own security institutions for fear of undermining NATO.


How very odd? All the wars since the wall came down were either helping US go after those that drove jets into the towers or ones they started over an imaginary supply of yellowcake in Iraq? Isis was a direct outcome of US insistence on dismantling the professional officer corps of the Iraqi army.

The current Iran issues are the result of US (Trump) cancelling the Iranian nuclear deal and slapping sanctions on them as well as murdering their top military leader in a foreign country for his own amusement?

By all means please do end NATO, we will manage quite well without the assistance of the recent wackadoddle leadership.

Both France and Britain have ballistic missile subs and a mutual interest in keeping Vlad out of the EU. Putin and his Oligarchs are more interested in who can steal the most money from the Russian economy rather than actually modernizing their decrepit military forces.

Tim <be careful what you ask for, you may get it>
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How very odd? All the wars since the wall came down were either helping US go after those that drove jets into the towers or ones they started over an imaginary supply of yellowcake in Iraq? Isis was a direct outcome of US insistence on dismantling the professional officer corps of the Iraqi army.


Which Bacevich is in agreement.
“Maintaining the “special” relationship has been very costly for Britain, since it has led more than one government to plunge into unnecessary war in solidarity with the U.S., and the expectation of British servility has bred an ugly willingness on our government’s part to abuse Britain and take it for granted.”
The EU benefits at least as much as the US from our leaving NATO.

The current Iran issues are the result of US (Trump) cancelling the Iranian nuclear deal and slapping sanctions on them as well as murdering their top military leader in a foreign country for his own amusement?

Our issues with Iran date from 1979 when our guy the Shah was removed from power.
I don’t believe Iran or N Korea will ever end seeking nuclear weapons. Gaddaffi is the lesson there. He renounced terrorism, made amends for Lockerbie & quit seeking nukes & WMDs. It wasn’t enough. He was killed as a result of US led NATO intervention that created a terrorist breeding ground in Libya to say nothing of new slave market there.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42038451
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