Andrew J. Bacevich thinks our political system is busted. In “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” he argues that the. An immediate New York Times bestseller, The Limits of Power offers an unparalleled examination of the profound triple crisis facing America. Bacevich – The Limits of Power () – Synopsis – Free download as Word Doc ( .doc), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free.

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Review of The Limits of Power: This does the book and reader as real service as he doesn’t fly off the handle or digress into vitriol.

This leads to lf consumption over production cheap importsand increasing debt. This book is far more academic though written in clear, accessible language than political.

I found it a thought-provoking jumble, a book that is perhaps most interesting for the discussions that can ensue from examining its virtues and shortcomings together. However, I found it to be not so radical compared to another of my favorite political authors, Noam Chomsky. Although this book was written in the Shrub’s 2nd term, the criticisms of that administration are as applicable to BHO albeit we are out of Iraq for now. He was ambitious, erratic, insecure, combative, and resentful.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich

What is wrong with the foreign policy of the national security state? His patriotism is not in doubt here. The key idea, the core of the core, is in my view collective security, i. Jun 24, John rated bzcevich it was amazing. He doesn’t pull any punches. They fail to recognize that the status of the richest, most powerful nation the world has lmits seen was achieved not through government direction, but through the hard work of many striving, independent, and unregulated individuals.

It’s the ideal introduction for anyone skeptical about our current military and political trajectory.

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I’d recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in politics, military strategy and foreign policy. He starts his book with a quote from the bible the Book of Second Kings, chapter 20, verse 1: For this very reason, periodic congressional efforts to curb abuses of presidential power are mostly for show and mostly inspired by a desire to gain some partisan advantage.


Bacevich contrasts Stimson and his cohorts with a more fanatical group that supplanted them. Despite this book being almost 10 years old, it is a must read for everyone! Jan 09, Ericka Clouther rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everyone should read it.

Something of the same can be said of the American people. Oct 05, Elizabeth Bruce rated it it was amazing Recommended to Elizabeth by: But that is a function of economic policy and politics that applies to Greece as much as the US.

Meanwhile, from the Carter administration through the Reagan presidency the military was continually building both politically and ideologically for a major effort in the Persian Gulf region. It was unnecessary and poorly conceived. The best way to test a thesis is by its predictions.

Videos About This Book. Here, he writes a compact, yet detailed, explanation of American’s real problems, not the stupid ones presented to you nightly on the news, like gay marriage or stem limts research, instead, he lays the facts on the table summable in the following statement: Expansionism squanders If wealth and power while putting freedom at risk.

If the American economy requires oil, there is no need to use military measures to secure it. Bacevich includes this quote which really gets at the point by Winston Churchill: He also focuses a lot on the differences between the Carter and Reagan presidency. One probable link in Bacevich’s mind is “energy i I wanted to like this book more, but I couldn’t. We went to Iraq “on the cheap” in badevich of troop numbers and generated a power vacuum that the insurgency used to its limihs.

Bacevich writes in a way that makes the insights in this book approachable and unfortunately, plausible to those who pay attention to current national and world politics. In the circumstances that existed in the s, preserving the nation meant strengthening it — establishing beyond question America’s place in the front rank of great powers.


He maintains that this story reveals a nation with imperial ambitions. Let me leave you with two examples of this book cutting through the BS A political elite preoccupied with the governance of empire paid little attention to protecting the United States itself.

I now understand the history behind why our current president does not trust the intelligence community as well as the power of the American military complex. We keep this imbalance on life support through our military power to ensure uninterrupted access to credit, natural resources, and bacwvich labor.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

Some earlier military interventions were done for the benefit of the United Fruit Company, but who is really responsible for oil driven imperialism — the oil companies or the consumers who demand their product? The introduction and the conclusion offer a good analysis of the whole, our nation’s problems and potential solutions in a nutshell. American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is unique and different from other countries and should be an example for other places in the world.

The book’s primary virtue is its hard-hitting examination of failure, combined with the utter refusal in the U. I think particularly in the past decade, this has most definitely been seen. Counting on the next President to fix whatever is broken promotes expectations of easy, no cost cures, permitting ordinary citizens to absolve themselves for the nation’s predicament.

Observating the religi The Limits of Power is a fascinating deconstruction of the ideology that drives US political and military institutions.