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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Everyone should read it. In his penultimate chapter, Bacevich chronicles the debilitating effects that a bwcevich of entitlement and a poeer mindset among policymakers have on the U. On the other hand, he says out front that he is a conservative and revives an older tradition of conservatism that opposes growing government power and entangling overseas adventures, so the right can be comfortable with him as well. The collective capacity of our domestic political economy to satisfy those appetites has not kept pace with demand.

As Bacevich says, it doesn’t matter what face occupies the Presidency or which candidates get elected to Congress – the status quo wins over even those who enter office with ideas for change. The first of these crises is economic and cultural, the second political, and the third military.

Self-criticism is always the hardest, and Bacevich does an admirable job of helping us in this. And I think, in that regard, if we look at Afghanistan today, we have to see a country that historically, at least as I understand Afghan history, has never really functioned as an integrated and coherent nation state.

Bacevich explains how the culture of rampant consumerism is intricately linked to the foreign policy of trade domination, globalization, rampant consumer debt and as I write this the apparent meltdown of the investment banking industry.

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Americans want more and more, and are willing to allow their government to do anything that perpetuates accumulation. The onus of responsibility falls squarely on citizens. Dec 08, Gregory rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve finished the book. Rather than insisting that the world accommodate ;ower United States, Americans need to reassert control over their own destiny, ending their condition of dependency and abandoning their imperial delusions.


The Limits of Power

Bacevich writes i Despite this book being almost 10 years old, it is a must read for everyone! The best limiys to test a thesis is by its predictions. I think who really benefits or what benefits is the political status quo. In our own day, realism and humility have proven in short supply. Bacevich doesn’t blame presidents in particular.

Any presidential initiatives aimed at addressing the crises of profligacy, reforming our political system, or devising a more realistic military policy, are likely, at best, to have a marginal effect.

America’s want too much oil. For this very reason, periodic congressional efforts to curb abuses of presidential power are mostly for show and mostly inspired by a desire to baceevich some partisan advantage.

Bacevich writes in a way that makes the insights in this book approachable and unfortunately, plausible to those who pay attention to current national and world politics. In the Trump era, all the problems detailed here are ballooning to even more alarming proportions. Bacevich provides an easy-to-understand summary of American economic and foreign policy since WWII opwer This is an old-school conservative view on America’s foreign policy and its direct connection to our economic self-interest.

Alexa Bacrvich Analytics for the Web. You turn to Democracy Now! He argues that what many have seen as the lessons to be drawn from the conflicts in Iran and Afghanistan are simply erroneous.

That President Bush is waging his global war on terror to preserve American freedom is no doubt the case. This book will tell you ex This is the most succinctly informative book I’ve ever read about America’s foreign policy faux pas.

The real aim is to ensure continuity, to keep intact the institutions and arrangements that define present day Washington. You talk about massive amounts of money that go into the military, and yet it can be stopped by an IED.


As he points out at the end of the chapter: The Limits of Power will suggest that this heedless worship of freedom has been a mixed blessing. It is a heady argument, but his explanation is quite lucid, and takes up the next half of the book. It’s time for some humility and reality. The second half wandered, from dislike of Douglas Feith, criticism of high-ranking generals, discussion of the all-volunteer army, etc.

An Anatomy of American Nationalism. I found it a thought-provoking jumble, a book that is perhaps most interesting for the discussions that can ensue from examining its virtues and shortcomings together. Non-commercial news needs your support We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.

Bacevich is not a liberal, and any pinhead who labels him one because of his disagreement with the Bush Administration is unfortunately missing the point: I tend to agree with him.

Carter called on Americans to consume less, use less oil, and be prepared to sacrifice to get our country back on track. This dire warning, delivered inbecame crashingly relevant as the banking and real-estate crisis with accompanying recession unfolded in and beyond.

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.

Maybe you come for our daily headlines. In the competition between the improvised explosive devices as a major weapons system that they have used and our efforts to defeat that system, they have repeatedly acted more quickly than we have.

Bacevich says that he wrote the book “in order to sort out my own thinking” but every reader will benefit from his crystal clear conclusions.