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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Grass roots movements powfr foreign intervention can bog down our entire military establishment using guerrilla tactics and home made explosives, and the more intensely we fight ‘insurgents’ with hard power, the more we alienate the local population, increasing the strength of the resistance. Army who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

Bacevich wrote this book as G. Bacevich attributes blame for our failed and costly national security strategies on Republican presidents, Democratic presidents, Congress, Special Interests, military leadership, but most of all to the American people for being unwilling to sacrifice excessive consumption.

Add big oil and the notion that corporations are the same as individuals and you have a polarized political environment that every four years blames the latest president for a system that is basically broken.

There are many who seem to think that the departure of W means that, economic troubles aside, the US can breath a sigh of relief. This is not a good thing. One probable link in Bacevich’s mind is “energy i I wanted to like this book more, but I couldn’t. Definitely worth reading or listening to audio version, as I did.


The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, by Andrew J. Bacevich | Mises Institute

This book is far more academic though written in clear, accessible language than political. Bacevich, as I said, spares no one, Republican or Democrat, in this withering and scary assessment.

I tend to agree with him.

No more excuses of excessive civilian oversight were given by him as was the case in our Vietnam fiasco. Bacevich argues that if the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: The Farewell Address merely reflected America’s temporarily weak position: Throughout its history US politicians have held that the US is exceptional.

Bacevich argues that America is not learning the lessons it needs to learn from these wars. I found almost all of Bacevich’s observations applicable to our current political and social structure.

The Limits of Power by Andrew Bacevich | American Empire Project

If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The institution nominally referred to as the Department of Defense didn’t actually do defense; it specialized in power projection. Nov 13, Zach Cohen rated it really liked it. The second half wandered, from dislike of Douglas Feith, criticism of high-ranking generals, discussion of the all-volunteer army, etc. The enemy of humility is sanctimony, which gives rise to the conviction that American values and beliefs are universal, and that the nation itself serves providentially assigned purposes.

The author is a former military officer, and not really “liberal” nor “conservative. But as far as I remember I just wrote a much clearer sentence than any you will find in The Limits of Power. Since the positions are somewhat self-selecting, only people who have stupid and nationally degrading ideas about national security want or are allowed into those positions in the national [in]security apparatus.


Military power is used much too often. As consumerism intensified, however, our appetites outstripped our means, which has led powdr the point where we are the worlds largest debtor and run astronomic trade deficits – totally unsustainable. At the base of it is the idea that un This book is a concise condemnation of the move to empire by the United States. Dec 08, Gregory rated it really liked it Shelves: This book urges a rethinking of American policy. Bacevich runs through some American history focusing mostly on American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is unique and different from other countries and should o an example for other places in the world.

The military also takes a beating in this book. Writing with knowledge born of experience, conservative historian and former military officer Andrew J. Oct 17, Rick Krekel rated it it was amazing Recommended to Rick by: Political leaders have too often confused strategy with ideology, and, in turn, military leaders have tended to mistake operations for strategy.