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Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism ( New York: Metropolitan Books, ), pp., $ Andrew Bacevich’s latest . The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. By Andrew J. Bacevich. Metropolitan Books, pp. $ Purchase. In post-Cold War . “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.

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We know the answer: For the United States, the ongoing war makes plain the imperative of putting America’s house in order.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

Interestingly, he makes brief and accurate reference to U. I wanted to like this book more, but I couldn’t. What are the costs entailed by waging war for a generation?

Bacevich is an excellent analyst, and the book is highly worth reading for that reason. As a result, we help create many of our own problems. Bush, and gets at the heart of the delusions that have crippled the country’s foreign policy for decades. I think he is mostly right to neglect corporate interests. My family and I greatly bxcevich such gestures.

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Bacevich runs through some American history focusing mostly on American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is unique and different from other countries poqer should be an example for other places in the world. I enjoyed the first half of the book more, as he explained these problems. He also effectively skewers the idea that it is a sacred mission of the U. This book was written while Barack Obama was still running for president, yet he predicts exactly what has happened through the eight years of his presidency.


Showing of reviews. Trying to make sense of everything, I think the issue might be that we have embarked on a “national security tradition” that involves recruiting the wrong people to do the wrong thing. Writing de cades ago, Reinhold Niebuhr anticipated that predicament with uncanny accuracy and astonishing prescience.

President Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the “Military Industrial Complex” posed to our democracy. The New American Militarism: As he puts bacevifh at the end of the Chapter: Recent events have confirmed much of his argument, often tragically, especially his identification of growing reliance on military action for the solution to international problems.

Which it never will be because India, China, and other nations are never going to allow us to do that to them. It was prepared — it specialized in power projection. He doesn’t spare B.

In this sense, the Long War is both self- defeating and irrational. Salvation begins when she rejects that condition and asserts control over her life. Civilian leaders fail to acknowledge reality. Yet to judge by the performance of presidents over the past half-century, including both Kennedy and Reagan, whose legacies are far more mixed than their supporters will acknowledge, a citizenry that looks to the White House for deliverance is assured of disappointment.

This book articulates America’s nauseating narcissism among our leadership class. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Transcript This is a rush transcript. Bacevich runs through some American history focusing mostly on the latter part of the century.

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This book could’ve been done 80 pages into it. Add big oil and the notion that corporations are the same as individuals and you have a polarized political environment that every four years blames the latest bzcevich for a system that is basically broken.

He reminds us that we can destroy all that we cherish by pursuing an illusion of indestructibility. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Yet that commitment, however well thr, begs several larger questions: A political elite preoccupied with the governance of empire paid little attention to protecting the United States itself.

There are people out there who want to kill us.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich

It summons Americans to see themselves without blinders. Bacevich, as I said, spares no one, Republican or Democrat, in this withering and scary assessment. History will not judge kindly a people who find nothing amiss in the prospect of endless armed conflict so long as they themselves are spared the effects.

Promising to restore the status quo of power, abundance and exceptionalism will not give us the results we need to change things. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It seems somewhat reminiscent of corporations, accused of malfeasance, claiming that they were just responding to consumer demand. I can’t get enough of this man’s writing. The enemy of humility is sanctimony, which gives rise to the conviction that American values and beliefs are universal, and that the nation itself serves providentially assigned purposes.