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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Everyone should read it. In practice, freedom constantly evolves and in doing so generates new requirements and abolishes old constraints. For the present generation, it has already become part of the natural order of things that GIs should be exerting themselves at great cost to pacify such far- off domains.

The actual exercise of American freedom is no longer conducive to generating the power required to establish and maintain an imperial order.

The Realities nadrew Consequences of U. In our pursuit of freedom, we have accrued obligations and piled up debts that we are linits hard- pressed to meet. The collective capacity of our domestic political economy to satisfy those appetites has not kept pace with demand. On the national political scene, few questioned that prospect. Realism and humility formed the core of his worldview, each infused with a deeply felt Christian sensibility.

Yet, as events have made plain, the United States is ill prepared to wage a global war of no exits and no deadlines. These similarities express four core convictions: 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 definition being fought on freedom’s behalf.

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Good fortune and a position of apparent preeminence placed the United States “under the most grievous temptations to self- adulation. In an immediate sense, it is the soldier who bears the burden of such folly. Humility imposes an obligation of a different sort. While the defense of American freedom seems to demand that U. Robert HeinemanAlfred University.

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Indispensable reading for every citizen. He reminds us that we can destroy all that we cherish by pursuing an illusion of indestructibility. Political leaders have too often confused strategy with ideology, and, in turn, military leaders have tended to mistake operations for strategy.

bscevich The Iraq War deserves our attention as the clearest manifestation of these three crises, demonstrating the extent to which they are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing.

The decision makers who wield executive power seem oblivious to the impending dangers that their policies have engendered. An Anatomy of American Nationalism. Writing with knowledge born of experience, conservative historian and former military officer Andrew J.

The Limits of Power

As Vice President Dick Cheney, a self- bacevicb conservative, announced when told that cutting taxes might be at odds with invading Iraq, “Deficits don’t matter. The purveyors of shock and awe still have to contend with a determined enemy on the ground. Expending the lives of more American soldiers in hopes of deferring that day is profoundly wrong.

In the Pentagon, senior military officers spoke in terms of “generational war,” lasting up to a century. Instead, what was hailed as a historic victory gave way almost immediately to renewed unrest and conflict. Although li,its cobbled together a new agency to attend to “homeland security,” the administration also redoubled its efforts to shore up the Pax Americana and charged the Department of Defense with focusing on this task.


Reprinted with andew permission from Henry Holt.

Centered on consumption and individual autonomy, the exercise of freedom is contributing adrew the gradual erosion of our national power. Today, as illustrated above all by the Bush administration’s efforts to dominate the energy- rich Persian Gulf, empire has seemingly become a prerequisite of freedom. The institution nominally referred to as the Department of Defense didn’t actually do defense; it specialized in power projection.

Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University and retired U. Moreover, the basic nature of war is also here to stay.

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Yet there, too, having exaggerated our military might, we court bankruptcy. Bacevich argues that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: It only became more itself.

In others, it might be cause for regret. In assessing the predicament that results from these crises, The Limits of Power employs what might be called a Niebuhrean perspective. For the United States, the ongoing war makes plain the imperative andrrew putting America’s house in order. What is its content?

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