Tag: By Andrew J. Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich: Ballpark Liturgy: America’s New Civic Religion: Cheap Grace at Fenway

July 2011
 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.

Andrew J. Bacevich: On the Mend? America Comes to Its Senses

June 2011
 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.

Andrew J. Bacevich: Not Why, But How: To the Shores of (and Skies Above) Tripoli

April 2011
 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?

Andrew J. Bacevich: Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

January 2011
 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.

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Long War, Year Ten: Lost in the Desert with the GPS on the Fritz

October 2010 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.

Andrew J. Bacevich: Prisoners of War: Bob Woodward and All the President’s Men (2010 Edition)

September 2010 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 Gate

August 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 War

July 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.