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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Kennedy and John F. His book should be read by every concerned US citizen.

The Limits of Power

The Limits of Power: In an immediate sense, it is the soldier who bears the burden of such folly. This is not theoretical for you. This was not hypernationalistic chest- thumping; it was the conventional wisdom. Niebuhr entertained few illusions about the nature of man, the possibilities of politics, or the pliability of history.

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He also lost his son in Iraq. The Realities and Consequences of U. Although critics of U. As individuals, our appetites and expectations have grown exponentially.

Of perhaps even greater difficulty, the combination poaer economic, political, and military crisis summons Americans to reexamine exactly what freedom entails.

That transformation has produced a paradoxical legacy. In point of fact, however, globalization served as a euphemism for soft, or informal, empire.


He joins me here in the firehouse studio. America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror.

It summons Americans to see themselves without blinders. Bacevich believes that constructive strategy in foreign policy must recognize that the U. Non-commercial news needs your support. Well- trained and equipped U. They are of our own making. And I want to talk about those ways after break.

And in a very human sense, who actually pays the cost? The End of American ExceptionalismBacevich argues that although many in this country are paying a heavy price for US domestic and foreign powet decisions, millions of Americans simply continue to shop, spend and satisfy their appetite for cheap oil, credit and the promise of freedom at home.

Yet, as events have made plain, the United States is ill prepared to wage a global war of no exits and no deadlines.

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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. Kerry, telephoned to express their condolences. Those contradictions have found their ultimate expression in the perpetual state of war afflicting the United States today.

If anything, the reverse is true: In terms of what you want powe army to be like and to do, they are competent, they are disciplined, they know their business. 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. There are people out there who want to kill us. Thank you very much for having me.


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Bacevich identifies James Forrestal, the first U. 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.

By the time the East- West standoff that some historians had termed powef “Long Peace” ended inthe United States had already embarked upon a decade of unprecedented interventionism.

And I think the key question is, will the American empire end catastrophically because of our blind insistence that we limita not change? A grand bazaar provides an inadequate basis upon which to erect a vast empire.

He decides he knows how it wants to be used. Freedom is the altar at which Americans worship, whatever their nominal religious persuasion. Robert HeinemanAlfred University Amazon: