Thanks for your post even though iam not happy that you deleted it.
Nevertheless, the article was an excellent piece as well as your comment. What does that say about the American schoolroom if the Warzone perfectly suffices for geography class?
Anyway, the author of the essay came across as familiar because afew weeks ago, i was watching something on this very subject and it was mentioned that he lost his son in Afghanistan (i think?). One of the interesting comments to the article;
"Bacevich is one of our very few strategic thinkers. What Bacevich has disclosed here is something far more significant than merely the faults of Brooks’ or of neoconservatism generally (and to be fair, where Brooks goes beyond neoconservatism/nationalism, he can be thoughtful).
What he has disclosed in fact is that America’s primary — I emphasize again, primary — strategic threat is not N. Korea, or radical Islam, or Russia, but its own revolutionary, messianic, expansionist ideology. That is the source of our woes, our growing insecurities and looming financial bankruptcy (to say nothing of the sufferings of millions of our victims).
America’s strategic problem is its own mental imprisonment: its self-worship, its inability to view itself — its destructive acts as well as its pet handful of ideas torn from the complex fabric of a truly vibrant culture — with any critical distance or objectivity.
Joined to that, and as a logical consequence of it — the United States’ persistent inability to view with any objectivity its endless, often manufactured enemies.
And what happens when the messiah cannot save "himself"? Who is tasked with his redemption or is it that nothing but death awaits "him"?
So, they are chasing ghosts?