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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What is its content? In some respects, this must be cause for celebration.

He offers the options of containment and selective engagement as promising strategic approaches. Yet that commitment, however well intentioned, begs several larger questions: Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: Certain of our own benign intentions, we reflexively assign responsibility for war to others, typically malignant Hitler like figures inexplicably bent on denying us the peace that is our fondest wish.

Reprinted with kind permission from Henry Holt. As such, perhaps more than any other figure in our recent history, he may help us discern a way out. As members of a community, especially as members of a national community, they choose to contribute less. The indispensable nation’s chief prerogative, self assigned, was to establish and enforce the norms governing the post-Cold War international order.

In many respects, Americans are freer today than ever before, with more citizens than ever before enjoying unencumbered access to the promise of American life.

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.


When it came to defending vital American interests, asserting control over the imperial periphery took precedence over guarding the nation’s own perimeter. Instead, what was hailed as a historic victory gave way almost immediately to renewed unrest and conflict. They fail to recognize that the status of the richest, most powerful nation the world has ever seen was achieved not through government direction, but through the hard work of many striving, independent, and unregulated individuals.

The actual exercise of American freedom is no longer conducive to generating the power required to establish and maintain an imperial order. Bacevich anfrew that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: Rather than insisting that the world accommodate the United States, Americans need to reassert control over their own destiny, ending their condition of dependency and abandoning their imperial delusions.

Expending the lives of more American soldiers in hopes of deferring that day is od wrong. Those contradictions have found their ultimate expression in the perpetual state of war powee the United States today. He is the author of The New American Militarismamong other books. Odd as they may seem, these priorities reflected a core principle of national security policy: April 16, Welcome to The Blog With Americans, even in war time, refusing to curb their appetites, the Long War aggravates the economic contradictions that continue to produce debt and dependency.

The collective capacity of our domestic political economy to satisfy those appetites has not kept pace with demand. Everyone should read it. The impulses that have landed us in baccevich war of no exits and no deadlines come from within. Bacevich identifies James Forrestal, the first U. Menu Skip to content. The Limits of Power.

The Limits of Power

Although critics of U. See more from this Author. Writing with knowledge born of experience, conservative historian and former military officer Andrew J. And what lies down the road?


Yet if pressed, Washington did not hesitate to use force, as its numerous military adventures during the s demonstrated. That President Bush is waging his global war on terror to preserve American freedom is no doubt the case. His book should be read by every concerned US citizen.

One sees this, for example, in the way that heightened claims of individual autonomy have eviscerated the concept of citizenship. In assessing the predicament that results from these crises, The Limits limigs Power employs what might be called a Niebuhrean perspective. Realism in this sense implies an obligation to see the world as it actually is, not as we might like it bacevicg be. He remains ominously pessimistic that any elected leader can change the current course of U.

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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 chief responsibility was to preside over a grand project of political- economic convergence and integration commonly referred to as globalization.

Plwer grand bazaar provides an inadequate basis upon which to erect a vast empire. Indispensable reading for every citizen. 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. For the United States, the ongoing war makes plain the imperative of putting America’s house in order.

For the average American tuning in to the nightly news, reports of U.