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CNN - Is America on the path to 'permanent war'?

By John Blake, CNN
November 24, 2010 9:21 a.m. EST

CNN -- When the president decided to send more troops to a distant country during an unpopular war, one powerful senator had enough.

He warned that the U.S. military could not create stability in a country "where there is chaos ... democracy where there is no tradition of it, and honest government where corruption is almost a way of life."

"It's unnatural and unhealthy for a nation to be engaged in global crusades for some principle or idea while neglecting the needs of its own people," said Sen. J. William Fulbright, then chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in 1966 as the Vietnam War escalated.

Fulbright's warning is being applied by some to Afghanistan today. The U.S. is still fighting dubious wars abroad while ignoring needs at home, says Andrew J. Bacevich, who tells Fulbright's story in his new book, "Washington Rules: America's Path To Permanent War."

As the Afghanistan war enters its ninth year, Bacevich and other commentators are asking: When does it end? They say the nation's national security leaders have put the U.S. on an unsustainable path to perpetual war and that President Obama is doing little to stop them.


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Obama, like his dethroned

Obama, like his dethroned predecessor, is an unprincipled usurper and, for lack of a better word, scoundrel. He will continue to wage war to the detriment of mankind; the next person in the Monarchist chair will invariably continue, if not start a new one. This of course, unless, people demand Ron Paul in to bring Americans first, free commerce, peace, liberty, and decentralized political power.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke