Andrew Bacevich

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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 8:30am
How We Got Here: American History After "the End of History"
The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the interval between those two watershed moments? Answering that question is essential to understanding...
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Monday, January 2, 2017 - 12:15pm
On Loving Another Country
Say what you will about Israeli political leaders, you can always count on them for one thing: They will do whatever they believe necessary to ensure the security and wellbeing of the Jewish State. Love is a sentiment at odds with cold calculation. The same cannot be said of American political...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Donald Trump and the Swamp of Endless War
President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: "We have some great generals. We have great generals." Lesley Stahl: "You said you knew more than the generals about...
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 9:00am
What We Talk About When We Don’t Want to Talk About Nuclear War
You may have missed it. Perhaps you dozed off. Or wandered into the kitchen to grab a snack. Or by that point in the proceedings were checking out Seinfeld reruns. During the latter part of the much hyped but excruciating-to-watch first presidential debate, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt posed...
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Friday, August 5, 2016 - 11:15am
Afghanistan: The Campaign's Forgotten War
Although hardly news, it bears repeating that the Afghanistan War stands as the longest in all of United States history. By election day, it will have entered its 16th year. Our next president will surely inherit the war there, just as Barack Obama inherited it from George W. Bush. Here is a...
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Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 1:45pm
The Decay of American Politics
My earliest recollection of national politics dates back exactly 60 years to the moment, in the summer of 1956, when I watched the political conventions in the company of that wondrous new addition to our family, television. My parents were supporting President Dwight D. Eisenhower for a second...
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Friday, July 8, 2016 - 2:45pm
Chilcot Report Damns the Charade of Iraq War
Reduced to a Tweet, the just-released Iraq Inquiry might read like this: “#Tony Blair a poodle? Verily.” That’s the key finding that emerges from the 2.6 million-word official investigation into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War, informally known as the Chilcot Report. In the wake of 9/11, the...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:15am
America's Sinkhole Wars
We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan marks “an important milestone.” So the president of the United States has declared, with that claim duly echoed and implicitly endorsed by media commentary -- the...
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Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 9:30am
War Out of Sight, Sacrifice Out of Mind
In the dispiriting of summer of 1979, a beleaguered President Jimmy Carter tried to sell his fellow citizens on a radical proposition: Having strayed from the path of righteousness, the nation was in dire need of moral and cultural repair. Carter’s pitch had a specific context: An “oil shock” —...
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:00am
The United States as a Prisoner of War
Let’s face it: in times of war, the Constitution tends to take a beating. With the safety or survival of the nation said to be at risk, the basic law of the land -- otherwise considered sacrosanct -- becomes nonbinding, subject to being waived at the whim of government authorities who are impatient...
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