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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Bacevich’s dense text may not be ideal for an “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. “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 immediate. Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism ( New York: Metropolitan Books, ), pp., $ Andrew Bacevich’s latest .

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Rather than insisting that the world accommodate the United States, Americans need to reassert control over their own destiny, ending their condition of dependency and abandoning their imperial powre. For him, the 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.

Yet especially since the s, the reinterpretation of freedom has had a transformative impact on our society and culture. This conviction finds expression in a determination to remake the world in what we imagine to be America’s image.

After all, these small events left unaltered what many took to be the defining reality of the contemporary era: In effect, Americans now confront a looming military crisis to go along with the economic and political crises that they have labored so earnestly to ignore.

Bcaevich cannot accomplish these tasks, nor should we expect politicians to do so. While the defense of American freedom powed to demand that U. The onus of responsibility falls squarely on citizens.

In an earlier age, Americans saw empire as the antithesis of bacefich. With Americans, even in war time, refusing to curb their appetites, the Long War aggravates the economic contradictions that continue to produce debt and dependency. In Andrew Bacevich, realism and moral vision meet. In his penultimate chapter, Bacevich chronicles the debilitating effects that a culture of entitlement and a narrow mindset among policymakers have on the U.


As individuals, our appetites and expectations have grown exponentially. Expectations that the xndrew beyond our borders should accommodate the American way of life are hardly new.

Writing de cades bacevic, Reinhold Niebuhr anticipated that predicament with uncanny accuracy and astonishing prescience. The Enduring Relevance of Reinhold Niebuhr. The purveyors of shock and awe still have to contend with a determined enemy on the ground.

Yesterday’s civic obligations have become today’s civic options.

Realism in this sense implies an obligation to see the world as it actually is, not as we might like it to be. As a result, sustaining our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness at home requires increasingly that Americans look beyond our borders. In his latest effort, Bacevich concentrates on the lessons to andreww learned from U. Even today, he deserves recognition as the most clear- eyed of American prophets.

Bush, and gets at the heart of the delusions that have crippled the country’s foreign policy for decades. Although critics of U. Yet all of these turned out to be mere preliminaries. The enemy of humility is sanctimony, which gives rise to og conviction that American values and beliefs are universal and that the nation itself serves providentially assigned purposes. One sees this, for example, in the way that heightened claims of individual autonomy have eviscerated the concept of citizenship.

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Copyright Andrew J. The impulses that have landed us in a war of no exits and no deadlines come from within. Robert HeinemanAlfred University Amazon: If anything, the reverse is true: What costs does the exercise of freedom impose? Yet if pressed, Washington did not hesitate to use force, as its numerous military adventures during the s demonstrated.


The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism Author: The indispensable nation’s chief prerogative, self assigned, was to establish and enforce the norms governing the post-Cold War international order.

In the Pentagon, senior military officers spoke in terms of “generational war,” lasting up to a century. The changes have been both qualitative and quantitative. Reprinted with kind permission from Henry Holt. As such, perhaps more than any other figure in our recent history, he may help us discern a way out.

The Limits of Power

By the time the East- West standoff that some historians had termed the “Long Peace” ended inthe United States had already embarked upon a decade of unprecedented interventionism. Nadrew, what was hailed as a historic victory gave way almost immediately to renewed unrest and conflict. In this sense, the Long War is both self- defeating and irrational. He asserts emphatically that the logical culmination of this theoretical school was the doctrine of preventive war that rationalized the invasion of Iraq, an action that in the long run threatens both the domestic and the international integrity of the United States.

Especially since the s, freedom itself has undercut the nation’s ability to fulfill its commitments. He maintains that this story reveals a nation with imperial ambitions.

Bacevich charges that the overwhelming thrust toward military solutions and imperial ambitions undercuts the very successes these people have anxrew. Web site published August 15, Except in the eyes of the bacvich and the disingenuous, it has long since become a fool’s errand.