Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Bacevich’s dense text may not be ideal for an “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. “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 immediate. Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism ( New York: Metropolitan Books, ), pp., $ Andrew Bacevich’s latest .

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That President Bush is waging his global war on terror to preserve American freedom is no doubt the case. Andrew Bacevicha professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U. All three share this characteristic: Yet there, too, having exaggerated our military might, we court bankruptcy. He asserts emphatically that the logical culmination of this theoretical school was the doctrine of preventive war that rationalized the invasion of Iraq, an action that in the long run threatens both the domestic and the international integrity of the United States.

Meanwhile, a stubborn insistence on staying the course militarily ends up jeopardizing freedom at home. With Americans, even in war time, refusing to curb their appetites, the Long War aggravates the economic contradictions that continue to produce debt and dependency.

Bacevich charges that the overwhelming thrust toward military solutions and imperial ambitions undercuts the very successes these people have attained. In an earlier age, Americans saw empire as the antithesis of freedom. As pastor, teacher, activist, theologian, and prolific author, Niebuhr was a towering presence in American intellectual life from the s through the s. Web site published August 15, As individuals, Americans never cease to expect more.

What costs does the exercise of freedom impose? He is the recipient of a Lannan award and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. Bacevich argues that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: In the Pentagon, senior military officers spoke in terms of “generational war,” lasting up to a century.


Copyright Andrew J. The decision makers who wield executive power seem oblivious to the impending dangers that their policies have engendered. The Limits of Power: In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, few questioned that assumption. This book challenges that supposition.

Indispensable reading for every citizen.

Politicians may argue that the military should make more use of reserves and draftees, but candid professional military people affirm that in their experience citizen-soldiers are more trouble than they are worth. Certainly, the president and his advisers, along with neocons always looking for opportunities to flex American military muscle, bear considerable culpability for our current predicament.

In that regard, the neoconservative writer Robert Kagan is surely correct in observing that “America did not change on September For the present generation, it has already become part of the natural order of things that GIs should be exerting themselves at great cost to pacify such far- off domains.

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As members of a community, especially as members of bacwvich national community, they choose to contribute less. The Realities and Consequences of U. Unfortunately, because these ideas have become firmly ensconced among the oligarchy of those personally loyal to the president, the bacveich of options in foreign policy has been severely limited.

Odd as they may seem, these priorities reflected a core principle of national security policy: The purveyors of shock and awe still have to contend with a determined enemy on the ground.

He is the author of The New American Militarismamong other books. The common understanding of freedom that prevailed in December when the United States entered the war against Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany has long since become obsolete.


The first of these crises is economic and cultural, the second political, and the third military. poewr

History will not powfr kindly a people who find nothing amiss in the prospect of endless armed conflict so long as they themselves are spared the effects. Yesterday’s civic obligations have become today’s civic options. Even today, he deserves recognition as the most clear- eyed of American prophets. Expending the lives of more American soldiers in hopes of deferring that day is profoundly wrong.

The Limits of Power

Expectations that the world beyond our borders should accommodate the American way of life are hardly new. As such, perhaps more than any other figure in our recent history, he may help us discern a way out. Soldiers cannot accomplish these tasks, nor should we expect politicians to do so. In came the main event, an open- ended global war on terror, soon known in some quarters as the “Long War.

He argues that the country has been on a war footing since the presidency of Harry S. In practice, freedom constantly evolves and in doing so generates new requirements and abolishes old constraints. Yet to charge them with primary responsibility is to credit them with undeserved historical significance. Gauging their implications requires that we acknowledge their source: Rather than insisting that the world accommodate the United States, Americans need to reassert control over their own destiny, ending their condition of dependency and abandoning their imperial delusions.

Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: