BU's Andrew Bacevich Says Abuses In Torture Report Are Not New

Download Audio

On the same day that the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the brutal methods which the CIA used against suspected terrorists, Secretary of State John Kerry was in another part of the capitol, making the Obama administration's case for the use of military force.

Kerry asked Congress to authorize military action, not just in Syria and Iraq, but for a campaign without "geographic limitation" to combat the Islamic State. It's just the latest chapter in what veteran war correspondent Dexter Filkins once called "the forever war."


Andrew Bacevich, international relations professor at Boston University and author of numerous books on American foreign policy.


The Boston Globe: Torture Report Highlights Consequences Of Permanent War

  • "The just-released Senate report on CIA interrogation practices since 9/11 contains nothing that would have surprised the journalist and critic Randolph Bourne. Back in 1918, in an essay left unfinished at the time of his death later that year, Bourne had warned that 'war is the health of the state.'"

This article was originally published on December 11, 2014.

This segment aired on December 11, 2014.


More from Radio Boston

Listen Live