Andrew Bacevich

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:15am
Torture Report Highlights Consequences of Permanent War
The just-released Senate report on CIA interrogation practices since 9/11 contains nothing that would have surprised the journalist and critic Randolph Bourne. Back in 1918, in an essay left unfinished at the time of his death later that year, Bourne had warned that “war is the health of the state...
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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 7:00am
Malarkey on the Potomac: Five Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air
“Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It’s been years since we’ve last seen each another. It may be years before our...
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Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 12:30pm
Even If We Defeat the Islamic State, We’ll Still Lose the Bigger War
As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or...
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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:30am
Obama Is Picking Targets in Iraq and Syria While Missing the Point
“We are now living in what we might as well admit is the Age of Iraq ,” New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks recently wrote. There, in the Land of the Two Rivers, he continued, the United States confronts the “core problem” of our era — “the interaction between failing secular governance and...
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Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:57am
The Misuse of American Might, and the Price It Pays
The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever. Here's the guy you can count on to get the job done. Just look at those references! Yet by the time he drives off months later, the kitchen's a shambles and you're stuck with a bill several times larger than the initial estimate.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 11:04am
With Iran, Obama Can End America’s Long War for the Middle East
What Jimmy Carter began, Barack Obama is ending.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 10:00am
Always and Everywhere: The New York Times and the Enduring 'Threat' of Isolationism
The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend. Purporting to steer clear of war, isolationism fosters it. Isolationism impedes the spread of democracy. It inhibits trade and therefore prosperity. It allows evildoers to get away with murder. Isolationists prevent the United States from accomplishing its providentially assigned global mission.
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Monday, September 9, 2013 - 6:37am
Capitol Hill to the Rescue on Syria? Don’t Hold Your Breath
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 9:32am
Naming Our Nameless War: How Many Years Will It Be?
For well over a decade now the United States has been “a nation at war.” Does that war have a name?
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:25am
Dumb and Hateful: The Consequences of US Islamophobia
First came the hullaballoo over the “Mosque at Ground Zero.” Then there was Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, grabbing headlines as he promoted “International Burn-a-Koran Day.” Most recently, we have an American posting a slanderous anti-Muslim video on the Internet with all the
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