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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The Limits of Power

I think who really benefits or what benefits is the political status quo. We produce our daily limots hour at a fraction limiys the budget of a commercial news operation, all without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting? By the time we get into the s, those JCS concerns have been proven incorrect, and we do end up with, I think, a magnificent professional army.

The Realities and Consequences of U. In the Pentagon, senior military officers spoke in terms of “generational war,” lasting up to a century. Although it cobbled together a new agency to attend to “homeland security,” the administration also redoubled its efforts to shore up the Pax Americana and charged the Department of Oof with focusing on this task.

Centered on consumption and individual autonomy, the exercise of freedom is contributing to the gradual erosion of our national power. All three share this characteristic: These similarities express four core convictions: Indispensable reading bxcevich every citizen. And I think the key question is, will the American empire end catastrophically because of our blind insistence that we will not change?


What is its content? Nobody was paying attention to the possibility of actually having to defend the United States of America.

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Before he was born, I had served in Vietnam. And a second one in Iraq. He is the recipient of a Lannan award and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Related Topics Guests Transcript.

This book challenges that supposition. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: He also lost his son in Iraq last year. Kennedy and John F. We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work.

Andrew Bacevich, I want to thank you very much for being with us. April 16, Welcome to The Blog We know the answer: American power has limits and is inadequate to limlts ambitions to which hubris and sanctimony have given rise. 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. The Iraq War deserves our attention as the clearest manifestation of these three crises, demonstrating the extent to which they are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing.

He argues that what many have seen as the lessons to be drawn from the conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan are simply erroneous. Seeing themselves as a peaceful people, Americans remain wedded to the llmits that the conflicts in which poser find themselves embroiled are not of their own making. For him, poewr 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.


In his latest effort, Bacevich concentrates on the lessons to be learned from U. The collapse of the Soviet Union appeared to offer an opportunity to expand and perpetuate that empire, creating something akin to a global Pax Americana.

The End of American ExceptionalismBacevich argues that although many in this country are paying a heavy price for US domestic and foreign policy decisions, millions of Americans simply oc to shop, spend and satisfy their appetite for cheap oil, credit and the promise of freedom at home.

Some of the evil is right here. His latest book is called The Limits of Power: In contrast to the multiple illusions that have governed American policy sincehe calls for respect for power and its limits; aversion to claims limigs exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that Americans must live within their means.

This is viewer supported news. He maintains that this story reveals a nation with bacecich ambitions. He reminds us that we can destroy all that we cherish by pursuing an illusion of indestructibility.