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The Age of Great Expectations and the Great Void

In the present day, there is no vision to which Americans collectively adhere. For proof, we need look no further than the election of Donald Trump.

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On Loving Another Country

During the campaign, Donald Trump declared his love for Israel. But as George Washington warned, such sentiments should have no place in statecraft.

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 READ MORE



What We Talk About When We Don’t Want to Talk About Nuclear War

One presidential candidate, in a vain effort to conceal his own ignorance, offers rambling nonsense. The other, accustomed to making her own rules, simply changes the subject.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE



My Military, Win, Lose or Draw

Although American politicians like Hillary Clinton regularly insist that the U.S. possesses “the greatest military” on the planet, they avoid addressing what the country’s armed interventions have actually accomplished when it comes to policy goals—the true measure of success in war.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



The Decay of American Politics: An Ode to Ike and Adlai

The problem is not Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, per se. It’s an identifiable set of arrangements—laws, habits, cultural predispositions—that have evolved over time and promoted the rot that now pervades American politics.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



A Multitrillion-Dollar Bridge to Nowhere in the Greater Middle East

The assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan is the latest item on a long list of milestones briefly heralded as significant achievements only to prove much less than advertised.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA

Through inaction, the legislative branch has surrendered the final remnant of authority it retained on matters relating to whether, when, against whom, and for what purpose the United States should go to war.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Six National Security Questions the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Answer

Instead of considered discussion of first-order security concerns, the candidates have regularly opted for bluff and bluster, their chief aim being to remove all doubts regarding their hawkish bona fides.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



On Building Armies and Watching Them Fail: Why Washington Can’t Prop Up Foreign Militaries

Prudence might counsel Washington to assume that when it comes to organizing, training, equipping and motivating foreign armies, the United States is essentially clueless.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries

En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.” Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary’s embrace went unrecorded.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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The Ghoulish Face of Empire

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reflects back to us a disturbing image of ourselves. Our murderous rampages, carried out in a foolish attempt to remake the Middle East through violence, have given birth to a Frankenstein monster.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Always and Everywhere

The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend: fostering war, impeding the spread of democracy and inhibiting trade and prosperity.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


Andrew Bacevich on Americans and Their Soldiers

The Vietnam veteran and Boston University professor of history and international relations is the author of a new book: “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.” He joined “Democracy Now!” on Monday to talk about the growing gulf between soldiers and the society that sends them to war.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE


What Are We Doing in Syria?

Military historian Andrew Bacevich tells “Moyers & Company” guest host Phil Donahue, “The issue really is not Syria.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Naming Our Nameless War

Upon succeeding to the presidency in 2009, Barack Obama junked Bush’s formulation of the “Global War on Terror” without fanfare. Yet if the appellation went away, the conflict itself, shorn of identifying marks, continued.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Wars Went MIA From Midterm Debates

Despite the exit of some U.S. troops from Iraq, the war there and in Afghanistan is still vibrant. But you certainly wouldn’t know it from the public debate that led up to the Nov. 2 midterm elections.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE


Are Obama’s Hands Tied?

A splendid and courageous new book describes with lucidity the degree to which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


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