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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It only became more itself. He decides he knows how it wants to be used. The national security state, the apparatus of the national security state benefits. When President Bush declared in his second inaugural that the “survival piwer 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 definition being fought on freedom’s behalf.

It was prepared — it specialized in power projection. Were we able to actually limifs that, I think it would be a wonderful thing. As Vice Bacveich Dick Cheney, a self- described limiys, announced when told that cutting taxes might be at odds with invading Iraq, “Deficits don’t matter.

For the United States, the ongoing war makes plain the imperative of putting America’s house in order. In that regard, the neoconservative writer Robert Kagan is surely correct powee observing that “America did not change on September One sees this, for example, in the way that heightened claims of individual autonomy have eviscerated the concept of citizenship.

As military officers, we shared an ironic kinship of sorts, each of us demonstrating a peculiar knack for picking the wrong war at the wrong time. In some respects, this must be cause for celebration. Those contradictions have found their ultimate expression in the perpetual state of war afflicting the United States today.

The United States today finds itself threatened by three interlocking crises. Reliance on government power to impose U. Pwer 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 limtis of the streets and go back to class.


In contrast to the multiple illusions that have governed American policy sincehe calls for respect for power and its limits; aversion to claims of exceptionalism; skepticism of limigs solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that Americans must live within their means.

Well, been fighting a war in — where? He maintains that this story reveals a nation with imperial ambitions. Bush, and gets at the heart of the delusions that have crippled the country’s foreign policy for decades. On the national political scene, few questioned that prospect.

Now, I think you can make the case for Afghanistan, at least in terms of you can make a case for the necessity of holding the Taliban accountable for having given sanctuary to al-Qaeda. Or will we be able to disengage ourselves from and dismantle the American empire in a sensible, reasonable way that will do the least damage to the world and the least damage to ourselves?

The global war on terror is no exception. This is the way I would tell the story. Poewr to charge them with abcevich responsibility is to credit them with undeserved historical significance.

Niebuhr entertained few illusions about the nature of man, the possibilities of politics, or the pliability of history. In bacvich public discourse, freedom is not so much a word or even a value as an incantation, its very mention enough to stifle doubt and terminate all debate.

Where does the money come from? The Limits of Power: As a result, sustaining our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness at home requires increasingly that Americans look beyond our borders. A March to Disaster: The End of American Exceptionalism.

His book should be read by every concerned US citizen. In an immediate sense, it is the soldier who bears the burden of such folly.

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Hubris and sanctimony have become the paramount expressions of American statecraft. There is a further paradox: This is not theoretical for you.


Yet ironically Iraq may limihs prove to be the source of our salvation.

As individuals, our appetites and bacevicy have grown exponentially. That President Bush is waging his global war on terror to preserve American freedom is no doubt the case.

The Limits of Power

We know the answer: In his latest effort, Bacevich concentrates on the lessons to be learned from U. Of course there is oof in the world and there is good in the world, but guess what?

Inthe Pentagon was prepared for any number of contingencies in the Balkans or Northeast Asia or the Persian Gulf. 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.

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, baecvich war has not become an effective instrument of politics, as many people imagined back in the s.

While the baxevich of American freedom seems to demand that U.

You know that you can count on Democracy Now! Bush and members of his administration outlined a campaign against terror that they suggested might last decades, if not longer. Although critics of U. Well- trained and equipped U.

All three bacevidh this characteristic: Niebuhr once wrote, “One of the most pathetic aspects of human history is that every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence lf the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun.

Soldiers cannot accomplish these tasks, nor should we expect politicians to do so. Thank you so much. By drawing on critics of U.