Tag: By Andrew J. Bacevich
|A decade of war culminating in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression hasn’t done much good for the country, but it has been strangely good for the Red Sox—and a no-less well funded Pentagon.|
|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.|
|The question demands to be asked: Are we winning yet? And if not, why persist in an effort for which great pain is repaid with such little gain?|
|The essential facts remain: U.S. military outlays today equal that of every other nation on the planet combined, a situation without precedent in modern history.|
Getting into a war is generally a piece of cake. Getting out tends to be another matter altogether—especially when the commander-in-chief and his commanders in the field disagree on the advisability of doing so.
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward’s latest book contains hints of a story beyond gossip mongering, the significance of which seems to have eluded its author.
Andrew J. Bacevich: The Unmaking of a Company Man: An Education Begun in the Shadow of the Brandenburg GateAugust 2010
Bacevich, a former military officer, discusses the moment twenty years ago when he realized orthodoxy is a sham and how the education of that epiphany forced him to reexamine the rules of Washington.
Andrew J. Bacevich: The End of (Military) History?: The United States, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of WarJuly 2010
What are the implications of arriving at the end of Western military history? In this post, Bacevich asserts that the prospect of Big Wars solving Big Problems is probably gone for good.