Andrew Bacevich

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Sunday, December 08, 2013
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
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 09, 2013
Capitol Hill to the Rescue on Syria? Don’t Hold Your Breath
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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
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
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
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
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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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Cheap Grace and American Patriotism
Fenway Park, Boston, July 4, 2011. On this warm summer day, the Red Sox will play the Toronto Blue Jays. First come pre-game festivities, especially tailored for the occasion.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
On the Mend?: America Comes to Its Senses
At periodic intervals, the American body politic has shown a marked susceptibility to messianic fevers. Whenever an especially acute attack occurs, a sort of delirium ensues, manifesting itself in delusions of grandeur and demented behavior. By the time the condition passes and a semblance of health is restored, recollection of what occurred during the illness tends to be hazy. What happened? How’d we get here? Most Americans prefer not to know. No sense dwelling on what’s behind us. Feeling much better now! Thanks!
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