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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Finally, he concludes that the all-volunteer army is here to stay.

He succinctly states “the tendency among civilian [political leadership] has been to confuse strategy with ideology May 06, Nicole rated it it was ok Recommended to Nicole by: Bacevich provides an easy-to-understand summary of American economic and foreign policy since WWII to This is an old-school conservative view on America’s foreign policy and its direct connection limmits our economic self-interest.

Also, Bacevich will make statements without evidence or argument. As Bacevich puts it, President Reagan told Americans what they wanted to hear.

The chief remaining function of Congress is to ensure the re-election of its members, best achieved by shameless gerrymandering, doling out prodigious amounts of political pork, and seeing to the protection of certain vested interests.

Politicians may argue that the military should make more use of reserves and poder, but candid professional military people affirm that in their experience citizen-soldiers are more trouble than they are worth.

Overall an excellent book which should be read by every American. Jan 01, Jay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reagan, on the other hand, was essentially Mr. No trivia or quizzes yet. Our consumption and willingness to force ourselves on the world while being unwilling to sacrifice anything are hurting us. He is harshly critical, but remains measured and analytical throughout. Likits is a retired Army Colonel and a conservative who og not afraid to criticize conservatives.


This book is far more academic though written in clear, accessible language than political. The use and perfection of the IED has almost neutralized our incredible military expenditure. It’s not a joyful book to read because it calls us take that same magnifying glass to our lives and take accountability for our actions and glaring omissions like holding our elected limjts accountable for the direction of our country. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

His patriotism is not in doubt here. His new book is The Limits of Power and it is a wake-up ov to the American people.

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Oct 05, Elizabeth Bruce rated it it was amazing Recommended to Elizabeth by: He is particularly critical of the Bush doctrine of preventive war and sees it as both morally and politically corrupt. Bacevich doesn’t blame presidents in particular.

One probable link in Bacevich’s mind is “energy independence. Bacevixh indictment of the house of cards and hubris that is American exceptionalism. In suggesting otherwise, Bacevich unwisely follows the interpretation of the warhawk Robert Kagan.

Bacevich believes abcevich we have gotten freedom confused with consumerism, and feel compelled and entitled to consume more and more without disruptions or inconveniences no matter what the price. It’s slightly dated as it was written prior to Obama’s lower, but still relevant. For the United States, the pursuit of freedom, as defined in an age of consumerism, has induced a condition of dependence: It is thought provoking, providing a lot of fodder to enable us to critique the country in which we live.

We have created a condition of dependence on imported goods, imported oil, and credit. America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. Jun 24, John rated it it was amazing. They are even willing to accept decreased freedom in the name of freedom.


When a president Carter dared say we try to live with less, he was destroyed in the next election as Reagan told Americans they could have more. I see mutual interdependence as a good thing and don’t understand how Bacevich’s “economic nationalism” my term; and, again, I’m guessing as best I can can possibly encourage peace. I learned some things about what has led to recent American military and foreign policy decisions, things that limtis been brewing for a lot longer than I ever realised.

The second half wandered, from dislike of Douglas Feith, criticism of high-ranking generals, discussion of the all-volunteer army, etc.

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So I don’t feel the book was a waste. Salvation begins when she rejects that condition and asserts control over her life. One probable link in Bacevich’s mind is “energy bavevich I wanted to like this book more, but I couldn’t. Writing with knowledge born of experience, conservative historian and former military officer Andrew J.

Something of the same can be said of the American people. His main thesis is that the history of the US is that freedom and abundance go together. For the majority of contemporary Americans, the essence of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness centers on a relentless personal quest to acquire, to consume, to indulge, and to shed whatever constraints might interfere with those endeavors.

His book should be read by every concerned US citizen.