The Limits of Power

by Andrew J. Bacevich

Metropolitan Books, 2008

TheLimitsOfPowerCoverIf you’re weary of the war on terror and the nation’s military misadventures, you will find inspiration in Andrew Bacevich’s slim volume The Limits of Power.  Bacevich has the answers to the bloated U.S. military budget and the devastating effect it has wreaked on our nation, through failure to address our countless domestic ills.

Bacevich knows whereof he speaks.  A retired colonel from the U.S. Army, he served in Vietnam and the Gulf War.  He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and is a professor of history and foreign relations at Boston University.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  His son, Andrew John Bacevich, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2007.

Bacevich has been interviewed several times by Bill Moyers on his foreign policy views.  He is a compelling, articulate speaker as well as writer.  Bacevich’s views have made their way into both of my own novels.  He is one of the “seers” who have inspired my worldview.

Every American should read this book.



One thought on “The Limits of Power

  1. It’s fascinating how this book has practically become conventional wisdom now. Since its publication, we’ve seen the Arab Spring suddenly appear and then partially collapse, a nasty Syrian civil war explode, Iraq going on with endless internal turmoil, etc. — all as if we didn’t exist. Add the Great Recession, and the U.S. public has decidedly lost interest in intractable foreign adventures.
    This even seems to be mirrored at the governmental level, with more emphasis on international cooperation and less on the ‘you’re either with us or against us’ stuff. One might call it neo-Isolationism, but the assertion that it equates to appeasement in the Chamberlain/Munich sort of way isn’t taken seriously anymore. How can it, when we are so plainly unable to influence events in so much of the world?

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