Thank you so much for printing and distributing the complete agenda of the 63rd Conference on World Affairs. You continue to make a fine contribution to our community.
I have reviewed the sessions and I am disappointed there is no discussion of nor challenge to what Andrew Bacevich calls the Washington Rules in his book of that same title. These rules can be stated as: For the past sixty years the US has had an abiding conviction to maintain a global military presence, to configure its forces for global power projection and to counter threats by a policy of global interventionism. (p.14) As he says and Ike before him, we can no longer afford both guns and butter. The expense of our military is just too great.
Mr. Bacevich calls on all Americans to take on the responsibilities of an active and engaged citizenship. The Washington rules are propelling the United States toward insolvency and perpetual war. (pp.249 and 250) I recommend everyone read this book.
I hope the conference has several sessions discussing this serious problem and that I have merely overlooked them.
Yours very truly,
Marvin B. Woolf