Andrew Bacevich

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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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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 8:38am
Unleashed: Globalizing the Global War on Terror
As he campaigns for reelection, President Obama periodically reminds audiences of his success in terminating the deeply unpopular Iraq War. With fingers crossed for luck, he vows to do the same with the equally unpopular war in Afghanistan. If not exactly a peacemaker, our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president can (with some justification) at least claim credit for being a war-ender.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 8:35am
Scoring the Global War on Terror: From Liberation to Assassination in Three Quick Rounds
With the United States now well into the second decade of what the Pentagon has styled an “era of persistent conflict,” the war formerly known as the global war on terrorism (unofficial acronym WFKATGWOT) appears increasingly fragmented and diffuse. Without achieving victory, yet unwilling to acknowledge failure, the United States military has withdrawn from Iraq. It is trying to leave Afghanistan, where events seem equally unlikely to yield a happy outcome.
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Monday, November 14, 2011 - 9:09am
Big Change Whether We Like It or Not; Only Washington Is Clueless
In every aspect of human existence, change is a constant. Yet change that actually matters occurs only rarely. Even then, except in retrospect, genuinely transformative change is difficult to identify. By attributing cosmic significance to every novelty and declaring every unexpected event a revolution, self-assigned interpreters of the contemporary scene -- politicians and pundits above all -- exacerbate the problem of distinguishing between the trivial and the non-trivial.
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