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I recommend it especially to those who consider the application of U. Public opinion is suspect; when it comes to national security, the public’s anointed role is to defer. Self-criticism is always the hardest, and Bacevich does an admirable job of helping us in this. He vigorously opposes the argument that high-ranking military commanders should be given more latitude in the field.

Without summarizing the entire book: But he also shines a critical light on Clinton and other democrats who have proposed nothing different than their Republican counterparts. Countries with oil have every incentive to trade with us.

So I don’t feel the book was a waste.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, by Andrew J. Bacevich | Mises Institute

Our consumption and willingness to force ourselves on the world while being unwilling to sacrifice anything are hurting us. Bacevich blames every president since LBJ for the sorry state of affairs, but saves most of his ire for Ronald Reagan and his successors, Bill Clinton, and both Bushes, for the continuation of this time bomb lifestyle.

He maintains that this story reveals a nation with imperial ambitions. The problem is that we Americans expect the rest of the world to accommodate our way of life, a ljmits of life rooted in consumption.


With unblinking, unwavering directness, he attacks the illusions, self-deceptions and hypocritical cant that he says have provided the atmosphere and background music for a U. He argues that the country has been powr a war footing since the presidency of Harry S. There are many who seem to think that the departure of W means that, economic troubles aside, the US can breath a sigh of relief.

They fail to recognize that the status of the richest, most powerful nation the world has ever seen was achieved not through government direction, but through the hard work of many striving, independent, and unregulated individuals.

He could have left that part out. Bacevich closes by pointing out that “Clinging doggedly to the conviction that the rules to which other nations must submit don’t apply, Americans appear determined to affirm Niebuhr’s axiom of willful self-destruction”.

It is a convincing argument and although I was somewhat dismayed that the conclusion settled for hopelessness with a touch of condescension, the book as a whole is a grand Every American needs to read this book, and read it soon.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Bacevich, a conservative, can reach across the isle to unite both parties into realizing that limitless consumption and consumerism is not going to have a happy ending. He begins his indictment from an indisputable fact.

He is harshly critical, but remains measured and analytical throughout. 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.

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

The first protracted economic downturn since World War II [in the ‘s] confronted Americans with a fundamental choice. 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 limts marriage or stem cell research, instead, he lays the facts on the table summable in the following statement: He also shows how the need for both power and abundance has undermined people’s ability to manage their finances and also undermined U.


However, I found it to be not so radical compared to another of my favorite political authors, Noam Chomsky.

He discusses the enduring nature of war and its cruel realities, that confound not only those who we choose to govern us but also the Generals who are charged with war operations. An Anatomy of American Nationalism. No doubt Washington did hope for enhanced American power, but it hardly follows from this that insulation from European struggles was intended as a temporary expedient.

Observating the religi The Limits of Power is a fascinating deconstruction of the ideology that drives US political and military institutions. In ethics, he disdained absolute prohibitions. The fault does not lie with individual presidents, as most people are eager to claim. The quadrennial ritual of electing, or re-electing, a President is not an exercise in promoting change, bacveich of what candidates may claim and ordinary voters believe.

The average American citizen also does not escape blame.

The Limits of Power

Little has changed on the military and security front. Expansionism squanders American wealth and power while putting freedom at risk. 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.