ANDREW BACEVICH THE LIMITS OF POWER PDF

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In post-Cold War foreign policy debates, it has been the voice of the sober realist, pointing out the limits of U. In recent years, Bacevich has been among the most articulate of these realists -- and this is his manifesto.

He sees the United States as having embarked on a disastrous career of empire building and military adventurism that is bankrupting and corrupting the country, all the while making it less secure. Well known for his criticism of the Bush administration's intervention in Iraq and "war on terror," in this book Bacevich seeks out the deeper "ambitions, urges, and fears" that drive the United States' long-standing efforts to confront the enemies of freedom and remake the world.

What emerges is a rather distinctive and curious argument about the sources of U. It is not, in Bacevich's view, business interests or old-style militarism that drives Washington's outward ambitions. Rather, it is the United States' expanding notions of freedom and the good life, which over the decades have stimulated growing "appetites" that can only be satisfied through a Pax Americana.

But, Bacevich argues, a U. Echoing the ideas of scholars such as Barry Posen, Ian Shapiro, and others, the book calls for a grand strategy of containment, reducing the United States' far-flung military commitments, and returning to a more modest foreign policy agenda. The important question Bacevich does not explore is about the nonimperial ways that the United States can lead the world without undermining its values and institutions. This site uses cookies to improve your user experience.

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In post-Cold War foreign policy debates, it has been the voice of the sober realist, pointing out the limits of U. In recent years, Bacevich has been among the most articulate of these realists -- and this is his manifesto. He sees the United States as having embarked on a disastrous career of empire building and military adventurism that is bankrupting and corrupting the country, all the while making it less secure. Well known for his criticism of the Bush administration's intervention in Iraq and "war on terror," in this book Bacevich seeks out the deeper "ambitions, urges, and fears" that drive the United States' long-standing efforts to confront the enemies of freedom and remake the world. What emerges is a rather distinctive and curious argument about the sources of U.

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The Limits of Power

Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University and retired U. Diplomacy Cambridge, Mass. In a following book, The New American Militarism New York: Oxford University Press, , 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. In his latest effort, Bacevich concentrates on the lessons to be learned from U.

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