Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Rich Man's War and Poor Man's Fight"

Andrew Bacevich reviews a new book that demonstrates that "when America goes to war, it is the poorer and less educated in society who are more likely to die in combat" — Unequal Sacrifice. Contra the authors' suggestion that "citizen awareness of the casualty gap can serve as a 'democratic brake,' helping to avert ill-advised or unnecessary wars," Prof. Bacevich argues, "This status quo—which includes grotesque inequality at home and perpetual war abroad—persists not because Americans are insufficiently alert to reality but because the powerful are determined to preserve arrangements that serve their own interests."

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