Breaking the Habit

When President George W. Bush used his State of the Union address to decry U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil, he made headlines. Two days later, when Donald Rumsfeld offered an apocalyptic rendering of the global war on terror-“they will either succeed in changing our way of life, or we will succeed in changing theirs”-few paid much attention. In the juxtaposition of the president’s discovery and his defense secretary’s call to arms...

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Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of history and international relations at Boston University. His most recent book is Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.