Andrew Bacevich

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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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To Trump’s critics, it hardly matters that “America First” in no way describes actual administration policy.  (Photo: RocketLip/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
A Greatest Generation We Are Not
The 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender in May 1945 ought to prompt thoughtful reflection. For Americans, V-E Day, as it was then commonly called, marked the beginning of “our times.” The Covid-19 pandemic may signal that our times are now coming to an end. Tom Engelhardt, editor and...
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Presidents now routinely request and Congress routinely appropriates more than a trillion dollars annually to satisfy the national security state’s supposed needs. (Photo: sleuthjournal) Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Judgment Day for the National Security State
Americans are facing “A Spring Unlike Any Before.” So warned a front-page headline in the March 13th New York Times. That headline, however hyperbolic, was all too apt. The coming of spring has always promised relief from the discomforts of winter. Yet, far too often, it also brings its own...
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President Donald Trump's address to the nation regarding border security is shown on a television screen in Times Square, January 8, 2019 in New York City. A partial shutdown of the federal government extended to 17 days following the president's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall while Democrats have refused. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 24, 2020
Going Off-Script in the Age of Trump
The impeachment of the president of the United States! Surely such a mega-historic event would reverberate for weeks or months, leaving in its wake no end of consequences, large and small. Wouldn’t it? Shouldn’t it? Truth to tell, the word historic does get tossed around rather loosely these days...
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But really... what has the U.S. accomplished over the last thirty years? Views
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
A Report Card on the Failed American Project of the Last Three Decades
Thirty years ago this month, President George H.W. Bush appeared before a joint session of Congress to deliver his first State of the Union Address, the first post-Cold War observance of this annual ritual. Just weeks before, the Berlin Wall had fallen. That event, the president declared , “marks...
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Donald Trump’s declared intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as a preliminary step toward reducing our regional military presence has elicited bipartisan condemnation expressed in the strongest terms. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Why Those "Endless Wars" Must Never End
Let us stipulate at the outset that Donald Trump is a vulgar and dishonest fraud without a principled bone in his corpulent frame. Yet history is nothing if not a tale overflowing with irony. Despite his massive shortcomings, President Trump appears intent on recalibrating America's role in the...
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To win reelection, Trump, a corrupt con man (who jumped ship on his own bankrupt casinos, money in hand, leaving others holding the bag) will cheat and lie. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Impeachment in Context
There is blood in the water and frenzied sharks are closing in for the kill. Or so they think. From the time of Donald Trump's election, American elites have hungered for this moment. At long last, they have the 45th president of the United States cornered. In typically ham-handed fashion, Trump...
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An American soldier on patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan. When the U.S. leaves Afghanistan our position will be: We’re outta here; you guys sort this out. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images ) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Trump’s Afghanistan 'Peace' Will Be Vietnam All Over Again: A Mess America Leaves Behind
When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In those days, the student body at any of our Army’s myriad schools typically included officers from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN...
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