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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A US Marine with the 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II tries to communicate with some Afghan girls during a village medical outreach on November 23, 2010 in Boldoc, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 29, 2021
America's Long Wars Are Losers: No Bang, No Whimper, No Victory
Ours is the cause of freedom. We’ve defeated freedom’s enemies before, and we will defeat them again… [W]e know our cause is just and our ultimate victory is assured… My fellow Americans, let’s roll.” — George W. Bush, November 8, 2001 In the immediate wake of 9/11, it fell to President George W...
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U.S. Navy sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt prepare to board the clean ship at Naval Base Guam May 1, 2020. Views
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Recalling the Travails of the 'Big Stick'
A year ago this month an outbreak of Covid-19 on board the nuclear aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt forced the giant warship to take refuge at Guam. Not since World War II had a U.S. Navy carrier been knocked out of action. An attack from an unexpected quarter had sidelined the “Big Stick.” A...
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President Joe Biden. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Biden Seems Intent on Falling in Line With America's History of Failed Foreign Policy
You may have noticed: the Blob is back. Beneath a veneer of gender and racial diversity, the Biden national security team consists of seasoned operatives who earned their spurs in Washington long before Donald Trump showed up to spoil the party. So, if you're looking for fresh faces at the...
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., national co-chair of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, speaks out against the U.S.-led war in Vietnam at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 1968. King would be assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee less than two months later. (Photo: Joseph Klipple/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Can America's Soul Be Saved From Poison Injected by Trump?
When Martin Luther King preached his famous sermon “ Beyond Vietnam ” at Riverside Church in New York City in April 1967, I don’t recall giving his words a second thought. Although at the time I was just up the Hudson River attending West Point, his call for a “radical revolution in values” did not...
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A law enforcement officers guards the parade route in front of the White House early morning ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Curb Your Presidentialism: Some Post-Trump Advice for a Biden Administration
As a self-professed conservative with no party affiliation, I join with my progressive friends in viewing the approaching end of the Trump presidency as cause for celebration. To quote a notable piece of presidential oratory, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Let us hope...
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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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