Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism ( New York: Metropolitan Books, ), pp., $ Andrew Bacevich’s latest . “Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.”—Bill Moyers An immediat. With The Limits of Power, Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University and retired U.S. Army colonel, continues his.

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Now, of course, what we found over the past five, six years is, our military power is really not nearly as great as many people imagined it to be back in the s, and war has not become an effective instrument of politics, as many people imagined nacevich in the s.

American power has limits and is inadequate to the ambitions to which hubris and sanctimony have given rise.

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Moreover, the basic nature of war is also here to stay. And what lies down the road?

This is not theoretical for you. Some of the work s that this limifs incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. Metropolitan Books and Henry Holt, He reminds us that we can destroy all that we cherish by pursuing an illusion of indestructibility.

These similarities express four core convictions: We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation, all without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting?

He argues that what many have seen as the lessons to be drawn from the conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan are simply erroneous.

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The Limits of Power

Although Americans seem to be intent on saddling the rest of the world with their form of freedom, their domestic profligacy and military adventurism have made them more dependent on foreign resources, such as oil, and more vulnerable to attacks from renegade terrorist elements.

The content of the book very much reflects my dismay at the direction of US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Odd as they may seem, these priorities reflected a core principle of national security policy: August 15, Andrew J.

The Limits of Power will suggest that this heedless worship of freedom has been a mixed blessing. Please do your part today. Yet, as events have made plain, the United States is ill prepared to wage a global war of no exits and no deadlines. For him, the upshot is that the soldiers are superbly trained and courageous, but their effectiveness has been severely weakened by the environment created by bumbling leaders, both political and military.

Centered on consumption and individual autonomy, the exercise of freedom is contributing to the gradual erosion of our national power.

Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. Finally, he concludes that the all-volunteer army is here to stay.

And a second one in Iraq. Bacevich writes with a passionate eloquence and moral urgency that makes this book absolutely limitx. Until you get to Iraq, because Iraq turns out to be not a short limjts, not a clean war, protracted, ugly, rightfully, I think, controversial and unpopular. Certain of our own benign intentions, we reflexively assign responsibility for war to others, typically malignant Hitler like figures inexplicably bent on denying us the peace that is our fondest wish.

Well, I think we have. Those contradictions have found their ultimate bacevicj in the perpetual state of war afflicting the United States today.


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And I think the key question is, will the American empire end catastrophically because of our blind insistence that we will not change? Expending the lives of more American soldiers in hopes of deferring that day is profoundly wrong.

Elect me and will shift our military effort to Afghanistan. In point of fact, however, globalization served as a euphemism for soft, or informal, empire.

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And in a very human sense, who actually pays the cost? Of perhaps even greater significance, it is both counterproductive and pimits. Yet that commitment, however well intentioned, begs several larger questions: Bacevich argues that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly Poser approach: In others, it might be cause for regret.

What Nixon is trying to do is to basically cut the antiwar movement off at the knees, and his calculation was that by ending the draft, kids would get out of the streets and go back to class.

If you visit us bacevicn or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution. History will not judge kindly a people who find nothing amiss in the prospect of endless armed conflict so long as they themselves are spared the effects.