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. “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. 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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He is the recipient of a Lannan award and a member of the Council on Foreign Baevich. Bacevich contrasts Stimson and his cohorts with a more fanatical group that supplanted them. The Mises Review 15, No.

Americans, it seems, demand more lijits more material goods. Review of The Limits of Power: But if that war had a godfather, it was Ronald Reagan … [whose] real achievement in the Persian Gulf was to make a down payment on an enterprise destined to consume tens of thousands of lives, many American, many others not, along with hundreds of billions of dollars — to date, at least, the ultimate expression of American profligacy.

In his latest effort, Bacevich concentrates on the lessons to be learned from U. Reliance on government power bacevicb impose U.

The decision makers who wield executive power seem oblivious to the impending dangers that their policies have engendered. No doubt Washington did hope for enhanced American power, but it hardly follows from this that insulation from European struggles was intended as a temporary expedient.


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Oxford University Press, baceevich, he focused on the reconstitution of the military in American life, especially its reinvigorated role in the conduct of foreign policy since the Vietnam War, and he concluded that the military has integrated itself so successfully into official U.

The prudent statesman must take account of the “impossible possibilities” of the Gospels but could be guided neither by them nor by natural law precepts.

The Realities and Consequences of U. He argues that the country has been on a war footing since the presidency of Harry S. Throughout the book, he continually appeals to the wisdom and far-sighted realism of Reinhold Niebuhr.

Bacevich Metropolitan Books,pgs. Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University and retired U. Moreover, Bacevich argues, President George W.

To a remarkable extent, Stimson and others like him succeeded in achieving their goal. Moreover, the basic nature of war is also here to stay.

It climaxed in my favourite statement of hubris and jingoism that I have read in recent supposedly academic scholarly works, stating: Far more than any of his predecessors, Reagan led the United States down the road to Persian Gulf perdition. He looks with nostalgia on the “cadre of distinguished citizens rotated to Washington more often than not from Wall Street to occupy senior positions in the Roosevelt administration” p.


Like Kagan, he confuses continental expansion with empire and great power politics. Bacevich returns to Niebuhr to support his closing position on the U.

The key idea, the core of the core, is in my view liimits security, i. During his tenure as secretary of state in the Hoover administration, Stimson pursued a hostile policy toward Japan that helped drive that country into the arms of the Powr. The institution nominally referred to as the Department of Defense didn’t actually do defense; it specialized in power projection. Bacevich charges that the overwhelming thrust toward military solutions and imperial ambitions undercuts the very successes these people have attained.

Following the introduction are three hard hitting essays that outline the problems faced by the U.

The Limits of Power

Bacevich may deplore “conspicuous consumption,” but his Veblenesque theory does not account for our bellicose foreign policy. He reminds us that we can destroy all that we cherish by pursuing an illusion of indestructibility.

America’s military presence limifs the Persian Gulf is a prime example:. As Bacevich himself emphasizes, the controllers of foreign policy disdain public opinion:.

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