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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Centered on consumption and individual autonomy, the exercise of freedom is contributing to the gradual erosion of our national power. Bush and Karl Gacevich — namely, wealthy individuals and institutions. All three share this characteristic: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Andrew Bacevich, I want to thank you very much for being with us. My advice, read the first 80 or so pages and then the last 12 and you’ll have a great sense of the author’s point. Seeing themselves as a peaceful people, Americans remain wedded to the conviction that the conflicts in which they find themselves embroiled are not of their own making.

The main point of the book is that the US as a nation has been consuming more than we can afford for many years, and has been following a foreign policy based on the assumption that military force will allow us to reshape the world to our liking, so that we can continue this consumption. Military spending is responsible for only part of the problem. By the time we get into the s, those JCS concerns have been proven incorrect, and we do end up with, I think, a magnificent professional army.

If anything, this book may be too negative in that any and all nations are imperfect, not just America. Definitely worth reading or listening to audio version, as I did.

We have allowed our leaders to lead us into two wars without clear objectives or historical perspective remember the Russians in Afghanistan?

But as is usually the case, his proposed solutions seem rushed and not very well argued when compared to the rest of the book. It summons Americans to see themselves without blinders.

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

Mar 08, Doug rated it it pwer amazing. Feb 15, Booketeer rated it it was ok. Whether you agree or disagree with his conclusions, getAbstract recommends his book to anyone interested in contemporary American history and events.


What is worrying is that all of the problems he identifies are systemic and are therefore difficult to solve. He asserts emphatically that the logical culmination of this theoretical school was the doctrine of preventive war that bxcevich the invasion of Iraq, an action that in the long run threatens both the domestic and the international integrity of the United States.

I found Bacevich’s arguments well documented, insightful, and eloquent. I have no idea what drives Bacevich’s world view.

Recent News A Disaster for Brazil: Interestingly, he makes brief and accurate reference to U. In American political discourse, fundamental threats are by definition external.

In the process, as any informed person knows, the US has moved from being the number one producer in the world after WW2, to being heavily indebted, moving more into the red each year. Though short, it’s a very dense read, with a lot of hard hitting information packed into a relatively small amount of text.

I wanted to like this book more, but I couldn’t. No one is spared, least of all the American people.

A real debate would be one in which we would have one candidate, and certainly it would be McCain, arguing for the global war on terror and an opponent who was questioning whether the global war on terror makes sense. As long as we get more, we don’t care.

But nothing is really feasible about any of his “solutions. You know that you can count on Democracy Now! Rather than seeing the imperial presidency as part of the problem, they persist in the fantasy that a chief executive, given a clear mandate, will change the way Washington works and restore the nation to good health.

The stunning conclusion is America’s war on terror is disproportionately falling on a small segment of th Retiring a Colonel after 23 years in the Army, Andrew Bacevich is well acquainted with the political nature of projecting American military power abroad. The quadrennial ritual of electing, or re-electing, a President is not an exercise in promoting change, regardless of what candidates may claim limiits ordinary voters believe.


He periodically lmiits in policy prescriptions, but some like environmental issues suddenly appear without clear connection to his overall argument.

In contrast to the multiple illusions that have governed American policy sincehe calls for respect for power and its limits; andew to claims of exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that Americans must live within their means. Andrfw from the sadness and back to the book. But why should any nation be able to produce everything it needs? The ppower part of his argument states that to put off the coming catastrophe, and to keep Americans from realizing that they could not longer hold onto the consumerist culture they had become addicted to, the government has turn to the military to create an empire throughout the world to protect American’s access to cheap oil and therefor, cheap goods.

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Freedom is not bacevch, nor is it necessarily benign. Videos About This Book. He was seen as talking down to a lot of Americans. He holds a Ph. In this sense, the Long War is both self- defeating and irrational. If you like this, The New American Militarism by Bacevich is a slightly more exhaustive, equally edifying look at these issues. That the actions of everyday Americans might pose a comparable threat amounted to rank heresy.

Iraq has revealed the futility of counting on military power to sustain our habits of profligacy.

The Limits of Power

Bwcevich 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. One probable link in Bacevich’s mind is “energy i I wanted to like this book more, but I couldn’t. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Although this book was written in the Shrub’s 2nd term, the criticisms of that administration are as applicable to BHO albeit we are out of Iraq for now.