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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Yesterday’s civic obligations have become today’s civic options. The impulses that have landed us in a war of no exits and no deadlines come from within.

Iraq has revealed the futility of counting on military power to sustain our habits of profligacy.

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 easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that Americans must live within their means. Robert HeinemanAlfred University.

Transcript This bacevlch a rush transcript. Non-commercial news needs your support.

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The onus of responsibility falls squarely on citizens. Where do you limis all this heading? It was prepared — it specialized in power projection. Yet there, too, having exaggerated our military might, we court bankruptcy.

They fail to recognize that the status of the richest, most powerful nation the world has ever seen was achieved not through government direction, but through the hard work of many striving, independent, and unregulated individuals.


In many ways, the condition of the military today offers the most urgent expression of that dysfunction.

Niebuhr once wrote, “One of the most pathetic aspects of human history is that every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, liimts its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun. Successive administrations, abetted by Congress, have deepened a looming crisis of debt and dependency through unbridled spending. Recent News A Disaster for Brazil: Andrew Bacevicha professor of history and international ov at Boston University, retired from bacdvich U.

Web site published August 15, He argues that the country has been on a war footing since the presidency of Harry S. One sees this, for example, in the way that heightened claims of individual autonomy have eviscerated the concept of citizenship.

Inthe Pentagon was prepared for any number of contingencies in the Balkans or Northeast Asia or the Persian Gulf. Its dominance was unquestioned and unambiguous.

Niebuhr once wrote disapprovingly of Americans, their “culture soft and vulgar, equating joy with happiness and happiness with comfort. He offers the options of containment and selective engagement as promising strategic approaches.

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The American Empire Project poses questions to American thinkers and writers: On the national political scene, few questioned that prospect.


Well- trained and equipped U. Copyright Andrew J. Before he was born, I had served in Vietnam. Thank you very much ot having me. Realism in this sense implies an obligation to see the world as it actually is, not as we might like it to be. In his penultimate chapter, Bacevich chronicles the debilitating effects that a culture of entitlement and a narrow mindset among policymakers have on the U.

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The Limits of Power: After all, these small events left unaltered what many took to be the defining reality of the contemporary era: Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Some of the work s that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For the United States, the ongoing war makes plain the imperative of putting America’s house in order.

He decides he knows how it wants to be used. That resolve found expression in the Bush administration’s with- us- or- against- us rhetoric, in its disdain for the United Nations and traditional American allies, in its contempt for international law, and above plwer in its embrace of preventive war.