Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University,  is the author of "America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History" (2017). He is also editor of the book, "The Short American Century" (2012), and author of several others, including:  "Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country" (2014, American Empire Project); "Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War" (2011),  "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War" (2013), "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism" (2009, American Empire Project), and "The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II" (2009).

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US helicopters land under heavy sniper fire near Bong Son in South Vietnam during Operation Eagle's Claw. (Photo: Bettmann / Contributor) Views
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
The Lessons of Two Failed Wars: Reflections on Vietnam and Iraq
In choosing a title for his final, posthumously published book , the prominent public intellectual Tony Judt turned to a poem by Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village , published in 1770. Judt found his book’s title in the first words of this couplet: Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey...
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According to FDD analysts, nothing about the U.S. military misadventures in Iraq or anywhere else in recent decades requires any major adjustments to the aims of U.S. policy or the means to be employed in pursuing those aims. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, December 18, 2020
Neocons Want Us to Belly up for One More Round of War
The Foundation for the Defense Democracies has just issued a collection of (mostly warmed over) essays that carries the title “Defending Forward: Securing America by Projecting Military Power Abroad.” But it’s the subtitle that tells the tale: The volume’s overarching purpose is to argue against...
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Demonstrators march during an anti-war protest October 25, 2003 in Washington, DC. Thousands of demonstrators called for the end of U.S. military action in Iraq and to bring the troops home. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
The Endless War to Preserve American Primacy
For nearly two decades now, the United States has been waging a war to preserve American primacy. That’s not the official name, of course, but that describes the war’s actual, if unacknowledged, purpose. Much depends on how the incoming Biden administration appraises thewar’s prospects. The fate of...
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As Americans learned in Vietnam, the only way to end a war gone wrong is to leave the field of battle. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Views
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Yes, It's Time to Come Home—Now
Let's open up and sing, and ring the bells out Ding-dong! the merry-oh sing it high, sing it low Let them know the wicked witch is dead! Within establishment circles, Donald Trump's failure to win re-election has prompted merry singing and bell-ringing galore. If you read the New York Times or...
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The war in Afghanistan has included a counterinsurgency campaign, a counterterrorism mission, and a nation-building exercise. In none of the three has the United States succeeded. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Trump Demands Afghan Withdrawal and Washington Panics. But It’s Time To Leave, Now.
With metronomic regularity, Washington discovers Afghanistan and then forgets it, a pattern that has continued for over three decades since the Soviet invasion of that country in 1979. Rarely has U.S. policy there reflected a realistic appraisal of actual American interests. That pattern continues...
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Only by genuinely democratizing the formulation of foreign policy will real change become possible. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, October 19, 2020
Reframing America’s Role in the World
The so-called Age of Trump is also an age of instantly forgotten bestselling books, especially ones purporting to provide the inside scoop on what goes on within Donald Trump’s haphazard and continuously shifting orbit. With metronomic regularity, such gossipy volumes appear, make a splash, and...
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In this photo illustration, President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Former vice president Joe Biden as Former president Barack Obama looks on at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017. (Photo:Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Joe Biden Wins... Then What?
Assume Joe Biden wins the presidency. Assume as well that he genuinely intends to repair the damage our country has sustained since we declared ourselves history’s “Indispensable Nation,” compounded by the traumatic events of 2020 that demolished whatever remnants of that claim survived. Assume,...
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The soul of a nation corrupted by racism, militarism, and extreme materialism represented King’s ultimate concern. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Racism, Yes, But What About Militarism and Materialism?
In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans are finally—or is it once again?—confronting the racism that afflicts this country and extends into just about every corner of our national life. Something fundamental just might be happening. Yet to state the obvious, we’ve been here...
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Top row, from left: memorial to Robert Gould Shaw in Boston; Alvin York; a bust of Lt. Henry Flipper; then-Capt. Josephine Nesbit; bottom row, from left: Daniel Inouye in 1959; George McGovern in 1972; Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson in 1969; a bust of Geronimo in the museum at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. Views
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Rename the Army Posts—These 10 Soldiers Deserve the Honor
The United States must be the only nation in the world that names military posts after traitors. The police killing of George Floyd has brought renewed attention to this absurd practice, in which U.S. Army and Army National Guard installations across the South bear the names of secessionist...
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A U.S. soldier fires an anti-tank rocket during a live-fire exercise in Zabul province, Afghanistan, in July 2010. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, May 25, 2020
US Public Remain the Tacit Accomplice in America's Dead End Wars
Not least among the victims claimed by the coronavirus pandemic was a poetry recital that was to have occurred in March at a theater in downtown Boston. I had been invited to read aloud a poem, and I chose “On a Soldier Fallen in the Philippines,” written in 1899 by William Vaughn Moody (1869-1910...
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