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.

Author: Gugul Zuran
Country: Mali
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Health and Food
Published (Last): 22 November 2009
Pages: 99
PDF File Size: 4.9 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.30 Mb
ISBN: 150-6-18028-296-1
Downloads: 63043
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Malagar

This is not theoretical for you. All three share this characteristic: Moreover, Bacevjch argues, President George W.

Who benefits, Andrew Bacevich? The Enduring Relevance of Reinhold Niebuhr.

The Limits of Power

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. Good fortune and a position of apparent preeminence placed the United States “under the most grievous temptations to self- adulation. Whether the issue at hand is oil, credit, or the availability of cheap consumer goods, we expect the world to accommodate the American way of life.

In terms of what you want an army to be like bacegich to do, they are competent, they are disciplined, they know their business. America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. Where does the money come from? They are of our own ilmits.

The Limits of Power: Andrew Bacevich on the End of American Exceptionalism | Democracy Now!

The Limits of Power: Andrew Bacevich, I want to thank you very much for being with us. The content of the book very much reflects my dismay at the direction of US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. During the s, at the urging of politicians and pundits, Americans became accustomed to thinking of their country as “the indispensable nation. Writing de cades ago, Reinhold Niebuhr anticipated that predicament with uncanny accuracy and astonishing prescience.


Both of them — McCain explicitly, I think Obama implicitly — endorse the notion that a global war on terror really provides the right frame for thinking about US national security policy going poewr. Kennedy and Limihs F. Simply put, as the American appetite for freedom has grown, so too has our penchant for empire. And I think, in that regard, if we look at Afghanistan today, we have to see a country that historically, at least as I understand Afghan history, has never really functioned as an integrated and coherent nation state.

Unfortunately, because these ideas have become firmly ensconced among the oligarchy of those personally loyal to the president, the range of options in foreign policy has been severely limited. 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.

Happy New Year!

The decision makers who wield executive power seem oblivious to the impending dangers that their policies have engendered. In an earlier age, Americans saw empire as the antithesis of freedom. As such, perhaps more than any other figure in our recent history, he may help us discern a way out. Thank you very much for having me. And to some degree, he actually was right. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing bacvich democracy: When President Bush declared in his second inaugural that the “survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands,” he was in effect claiming for the United States as freedom’s chief agent the prerogative of waging war when and where it sees fit, those wars by li,its being fought on freedom’s behalf.


He also lost his son in Iraq last year. For further information or additional permissions, contact us. Please do your part. Hubris and sanctimony have become the paramount expressions of American statecraft.

Freedom is the altar at which Americans worship, whatever their nominal religious persuasion. Yet even as they celebrate freedom, Americans exempt the object of their veneration from critical examination.

Of course there is evil in the world and there is good in the world, but guess what?

He argues that the country has been on a war footing since the presidency of Harry S. After all, these small events left unaltered what many took to be the defining reality of the contemporary era: The impulses that have landed us in a war of no exits and no deadlines come from within. In many respects, Americans are freer today than ever before, with more citizens than ever before enjoying unencumbered access to the promise of American life.

Instead, what was hailed as a historic victory gave way almost immediately to renewed unrest and conflict.

In our public discourse, freedom is not so much a word or even a value as an incantation, its very poer enough to stifle doubt and terminate all debate. A political elite preoccupied with the governance of empire paid little attention to protecting the United States itself.

This book challenges that supposition. But Thought It Did.