Andrew J. Bacevich thinks our political system is busted. In “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” he argues that the. An immediate New York Times bestseller, The Limits of Power offers an unparalleled examination of the profound triple crisis facing America. Bacevich – The Limits of Power () – Synopsis – Free download as Word Doc ( .doc), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free.

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No one is spared, least of all the American people. Bacevich argues that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: The same consumers who will throw out of office any politicians who fail to deliver it. While the armed forces are capable, most campaigns fail to achieve their objectives.

But nothing is really feasible about any of his “solutions. Something of the same can be said of the American people. Carter called on Americans to consume less, use less oil, and be prepared to sacrifice to get our limitts Bacevich wrote this book as G.

A bumper sticker, a sardonic motto, and a charge dating from the Age of Woodstock have recast the Jeffersonian trinity in modern vernacular: It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself on the left or poser right; Bacevich’s message applies to all. That’s the book’s most important and pressing message. This concept goes back to our nation’s very roots, to Winthrop’s call for a “city on the hill” that would be a beacon of civiliation and righteousness.

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Bacevich points out that the price of our excessive use of oil is undervalued. Yet, according to [economist David] Henderson, those price increases would ,imits amounted to less than one-half of 1 percent of U. This leads to favoring consumption over production cheap importsand increasing debt. The institution nominally referred to as the Department of Defense didn’t actually do defense; it specialized in power projection.


Money dominates the US politics, and though the US holds free elections, the two party, corporate controlled system ensures Americans will choose between candidates who differ superficially but advocate positions only in the narrow range of economic and foreign policies acceptable to the corporate elite. The empire is stretching to a point where more and more people are waking up to the reality this sort of behavior and ideology cannot go on much longer without collapsing.

He vigorously opposes the argument that high-ranking military commanders should be given more latitude in the field.

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

Explanations offered are well-reasoned, clear, and often insightful. The military record stands for itself.

In suggesting otherwise, Bacevich unwisely follows the interpretation of the warhawk Robert Kagan. I learned some limihs about what has led to recent American military and foreign policy decisions, things that have been brewing for a lot longer than I ever realised.

He begins his indictment from an indisputable fact. The Europeans, no strangers to the imperial disease, spend tiny amounts of their budgets on their military and they watch us walk resolutely into the errors of empire they know so well. When a president Carter dared say we try to live w Bacevich argues that the impulses which have led America to wars that seem to have no exit and no deadline have come from within our country, from our own “domestic ambitions, urges and fears” 5.

They are even willing to accept decreased freedom in the name of freedom.

Books by Andrew J. America’s aggressive policy in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere is ultimately motivated by our refusal to restrict consumption:. No more excuses of excessive civilian oversight were given by him as was the case in our Vietnam fiasco.

America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. Bacevich does not discuss Beard in the present book, but he has written about him sympathetically in his American Empire.


If you like this, The New American Militarism by Bacevich is a slightly more exhaustive, equally edifying look at these issues. Bacevich has long been a strong conservative critic of U. Counting on the powdr President to fix whatever is broken promotes expectations of easy, no cost cures, permitting ordinary citizens to absolve themselves for the nation’s predicament. Civilian leaders fail to acknowledge reality.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

Trivia About The Limits of Pow Bacevich, a retired Army Colonel and now History Prof in Boston, puts forth the case that we, the American people, have allowed our present economic, military and political status to come about through our own non-involvement and obsession with consumption at any price.

Bacevich identifies James Forrestal, the first U. The purveyors of shock and awe still have to contend with a determined enemy on the ground. Apr 19, Neibaur rated it liked it. From time to time, however, the mask slips and it becomes apparent that those on the inside don’t care a fig for what members of the great unwashed might think. Feb 05, Adam rated it it was amazing.

The Limits of Power

Mar 31, Mack Hayden rated it really liked it Shelves: Lmits it never will be because India, China, and other nations are never going to allow us to do that to them. The average American citizen also does not escape blame. While this idea is not new, this book avoids the usual conspiracy theories such as the evil people in charge, or the Capitalism is the Problem, that normally ride along with this type of analysis.