It's not academic, it's personal

One of the most articulate and forceful critics of U.S. Empire is feeling its impact in the most profoundly personal way.

The son of retired Army Colonel and Boston University Professor Andrew Bacevich has been killed in Iraq:

The Defense Department today (Monday) announced 27-year-old 1st Lieutenant Andrew J. Bacevich of Walpole was killed yesterday (Sunday) when an improvised bomb exploded while he was on a patrol in the Salah Ad Din Province.

His father — Andrew J. Bacevich — is a Boston University professor and a vocal critic of the war.

Steve Clemons reflects on the loss with a lengthy excerpt of a Bacevich column.