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Andrew Bacevich: America and War
A U.S soldier of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division patrol, seen during a search operation for members of the Taliban, in Tangi valley of Wardak province west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 26, 2009. (AP)

A U.S soldier of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division patrol, seen during a search operation for members of the Taliban, in Tangi valley of Wardak province west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 26, 2009. (AP)

Memorial Day is a day to honor service and sacrifice.

It is also a day, in the so-called “Long War” years that have followed what was called the “War on Terror” — with American troops still deeply deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan — for all Americans to think about what we’re doing, what we’re asking, what we’re fighting for.

Onetime soldier, now scholar, Andrew Bacevich knows service — his own in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. He knows sacrifice — his soldier son’s life in Iraq. And he is asking the biggest questions.

This hour, On Point: Andrew Bacevich on America and war.

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Andrew Bacevich joins us in our studio. Professor of international relations and history at Boston University, he is a West Point graduate and a veteran of the Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War. His latest book is “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.”

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