Andrew Bacevich on "Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country&quot…


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    http://www.democracynow.org - In his new book, "Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, Andrew Bacevich looks at the growing gulf between America's soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. Bacevich served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and retired at the rank of colonel. He is now a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. His son, Andrew, died in the Iraq War. "Now that the war in Iraq has ended," Bacevich writes, "Americans might ponder the question of what the loss of several thousand soldiers there signifies. I have grappled with that question myself, not altogether successfully."
    
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    1. Did you even listen to what he said? He said national service program. He specifically said that includes more than just the military. The peace corps, teach for america, americorps, disaster relief, etc. "National service" doesn't mean everybody has to be a grunt. There are many ways to serve your country outside the military, and even within the military there are tons of jobs other than infantry.

    2. Hey Andrew, We Americans didn't fail our soldiers! We Americans stand behind our soldiers when they are deployed. We may not support the administration that sent them into harms way. There is a big difference. The "Program of National Service" sounds good, BUT trying to sell it while titling a book as You did, is ill-advised. At one point Amy says (speaking of Viet Nam) "that You were part of", and you respond with a stutter "at least served in"(?). You book title seems more an introspective.

    3. The government is in breach of trust, treasonous acts against the people. How quickly the "they peeps" co-opt phrases used by those uncovering the truth to describe the activities of government.

    4. The American people didn't let down our soldiers, our government let us all down: bailing out Wall Street, circumventing the constitution under the guise of "defending against terrorism", not doing enough research before starting 2 wars only to find that there were no WMDs in Iraq, chipping away at the average middle class income while offering tax breaks to corporations, et cetera, et cetera…how can one be patriotic about a government like that?

    5. Nobody forced those soldiers to join. If it didn't turn out well for them then they have nobody to blame but themselves. The information was all readily available. Its sad and unfortunate but I refuse to share blame.

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    7. Dr Bacevich why didn't the soldiers arrest Bush and his friends that would have solved the problem right there. Maybe just maybe the soldiers failed their nation by following Bush and his crew!!