How do you end an endless war?
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Published on Oct 13, 2015: Watch the full version of the Meet the Author program featuring Andrew Bacevich at the Marines' Memorial Club on October 9, 2015.
Mr. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.
He is the author of, "Breach of Trust : How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country", among other works. His latest book to be released in June 2016 is, "America's War for the Greater Middle East". read more
America Is Too Dumb for TV News: Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth.
Al Gore for instance never really recovered from saying, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet." True, he never said he invented the Internet, as is popularly believed, but what he did say was clumsy enough that the line followed him around like an STD for the rest of his (largely unsuccessful) political life.
That dynamic has broken down this election season. Politicians are quickly learning that they can say just about anything and get away with it. Along with vindication, apology and suffering, there now exists a fourth way forward for the politician spewing whoppers: Blame the backlash on media bias and walk away a hero. read more
A little-noticed report by a trio of leading research groups found the Veterans Health Administration outperforms private sector health providers on several key measures.
A little-noticed recent report by three leading research groups found that on critical measures, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) consistently performs as well as and often better than private sector health-care providers.
The VHA does this with patients who are sicker, older, and poorer than many of their counterparts seen in the private sector. read more
Right-Wing Wreckage and Pack Journalism: In 2007, journalist Phillip Longman wrote a book on the VHA entitled Best Care Anywhere. In it, he demonstrated that our health-care delivery system for veterans (at least those who qualify for VHA services) is far better than Medicare and way better than private insurance -- and a better, more-comprehensive model for broader health-care reform than even a single-payer system.
But most readers of the daily press would find Longman's picture at odds with the story of the VHA recently depicted in the media.
That's because of one recent overblown scandal combined with the Republican scapegoating of a fine public system that they underfund -- and would love to privatize.
The real VHA story is ideological opposition by the right -- and clinical excellence despite chronic under-funding.