Bill Moyers Journal: Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? (must-see)

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Like I mentioned before, Conservatives and Liberals must come together to take back our country.  This is a must-see video.  ~ Lo

Bill Moyers Journal
August 15, 2008

Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life:

Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS. Part 1

Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS. Part 2


Bacevich on the Crises Threatening Our Democracy




Bacevich’s Warning About America’s Deteriorating Stature in the World

The Imperial Presidency

August 15, 2008

In a letter written in 1648, the Swedish statesman, Axel Oxenstierna, chancellor to both King Gustavus Adolphus and Queen Christina, counseled, “Know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed.”

The fighting between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia is an unnerving reminder of that, and of how quickly the balance of global power can be tilted from unexpected directions with barely a warning.

Some hawks and neo-cons called for NATO intervention or even suggested we send in Stinger missiles or the 82nd Airborne as a peacekeeping force. President Bush warned, “Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.”

Perhaps, but the reality of the early 21st century is that, in the short run, at least, the president’s words ring hollow. In spite of past promises of support to Georgia, Russia is key to our efforts in the Middle East and our European allies are dependent on Russia for energy. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have both our military strength and our international credibility stretched perilously thin at a time when oil-rich Russia is reemerging as a superpower. We’ve boxed ourselves in.

Michael Winship: The Imperial Presidency.


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8 thoughts on “Bill Moyers Journal: Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? (must-see)

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  4. We as Americans need to step back and assess what has been and is being done in our names with our national treasure (money, lives, resources, diplomatic influence, etc.). Unfortunately, I don’t think America is prepared to take an objective look in the mirror. I suspect that most Americans have an inkling that what they will see reflected back at them is too terrible to contemplate. We’ve become a nation of Pollyannas – why bother worrying when it’s easier to close your eyes and believe everything is just great and will be forever?

    It would be nice to think that we won’t self-destruct; though at this point, given our slavish devotion to the vicious perfection and execution of shock doctrine tactics both here and abroad, we’re probably screwed, along with any allies and trade partners within the scope of American influence.

    So the question remains: how does America unwind the military-industrial complex? Can it be done, or is the cure worse than the disease?

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