National Security
May 18, 2009

Bacevich is scathing regarding the national security apparatus: The “national security state” continues, he says, “because, by its very existence, it provides a continuing rationale for political arrangements that are a source of status, influence, and considerable wealth. Lapses in performance by this apparatus might logically raise questions about whether or not the United States would be better off without it. Instead, failures inspire new efforts to reorganize and reform, which almost invariably translate into further institutional expanson. The more the national security state screws up, the more sprawling it becomes. In the meantime, presidents occupy themselves with cultivating ways to work around, ignore, or subvert these institutions.”

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