Thursday, May 03, 2012
The Pentagon's publicity cloutStephen Walt has a post commenting on two meetings of the safely establishment Council on Foreign Relation (CFR) in which senior military officials are offered a prominent presence (Military-Intellectual complex? Foreign Policy 04/27/2012) :
None of this is all that surprising, but am I the only one who sees it as more evidence of the creeping militarization of U.S. foreign policy? The Pentagon already spends several billion taxpayer dollars each year on public relations; does CFR need to give it another platform from which to purvey its views? More importantly, will any well-known advocates of a more restrained and less militarized global posture be given a chance to lay out their views at the annual meeting? What about experts who think U.S. military leaders were at least partly responsible for the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan?Tags: militarism, stephen walt
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