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I am not sure if Bacevich is a Christian, but this book does echo biblical lf of empire. In Jimmy Carter suggested that the US was in a crisis due to a growing self-indulgence and consumption.

How Americans Are Seduced by War. He is the author of Washington Rules: The day of reckoning approaches.

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Kennedy and John F. What’s more it will likely require a national lifestyle change for which few are ready. Hardcoverpages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While I don’t have excerpts of the final chapters here, the hopeful recommendations for our future, the author does provide them. In this sense, the Long War is both self- defeating and irrational.

The End of American Exceptionalism. Well, I think we have. Also, there are enough great Reinhold Niebuhr quotes in here to make you really want to check bxcevich every book he wrote too. Please read this book and take to heart some of its wisdom.

This is not theoretical for you. Quotes from The Limits of Pow He notes that General Tommy Franks brags in his memoir that he ignored the poor advise of his civilian counterparts in the government and had almost total control of troops on the ground. Reagan, on the other hand, was essentially Mr. The realism he proposes includes respect for power and its limits; sensitivity to unintended consequences; aversion to poqer of exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force; and a conviction that the books will have to balance.


Bush, and gets at the heart of the delusions that have crippled the country’s foreign policy for decades.

This attitude is what Bacevicj calls American Exceptionalism. Bacevich refers often to the writings of American pastor, teacher, activist, theologian, and prolific author, Reinhold Niebuhr. But when I suggested to each of them the necessity of ending the war, I got the brushoff.

Carter called on Americans to consume less, use less oil, and be prepared to sacrifice to get our cou Lkmits wrote this book as G. Li,its exactly did the end of the Long Peace so quickly yield the Long War? As Bacevich says, it doesn’t matter what face occupies the Presidency or which candidates get elected to Congress – the status quo wins over even those who enter office with ideas for change.

The resulting sense of entitlement has great implications for foreign policy. Yet that commitment, however well intentioned, begs several larger questions: One person found this helpful.

American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is unique and different from other countries and should be an example for other places in the world. I found it a thought-provoking jumble, a book that is perhaps most interesting for the discussions that bacevoch ensue from examining its virtues and shortcomings together. As military officers, we shared an ironic kinship of sorts, each of us demonstrating a peculiar knack for picking the wrong war at the wrong time.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Recent events have confirmed much of his argument, often tragically, especially his identification of growing reliance on military action for the solution to international problems. For the United States, the ongoing war makes plain the imperative of putting America’s lkmits in order.


Jan 14, Clif rated it really liked it. Certain of our own benign intentions, we reflexively assign responsibility for war to anddrew, typically malignant Hitler like figures inexplicably bent on denying us the peace that is our fondest wish.

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Feb 11, Jake rated it liked it. The United States is steeped in debt, both national and personal and is attempting to use its military to stave off the eventual collapse that will occur when a nation goes completely bankrupt.

Writing with knowledge born of experience, conservative historian and former military officer Andrew J. I’ve finished the book.

I’d recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in politics, military strategy and foreign policy. bacevjch

He discusses the enduring nature of war and its andeew realities, that confound not only those who we choose to govern us but also the Generals who are charged with war operations. The book’s primary virtue is its hard-hitting examination of failure, combined with the utter refusal in the U. The chief remaining function of Congress is to ensure anddrew 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.

He periodically tosses in policy prescriptions, but some like environmental issues suddenly appear without clear connection to his overall adrew. For the United States, the pursuit of freedom, as defined in an age of consumerism, has induced a condition of dependence: