Stories by Andrew Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations emeritus at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. His new book is America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (Random House, 2016). subscribe to Andrew Bacevich's feed

Posted on: Oct 5, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

Donald and Hillary take a no-first-use pledge on relevant information.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

In 1956, each of the major political parties nominated a grown-up for the highest office in the land. In 2016, only one has.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

How the United States became a prisoner of war and Congress went MIA.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2016, Source: Tom Dispatch

The possibility of a Trump presidency can no longer be dismissed out of hand.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

Instead of considered discussion of first-order security concerns, the candidates have regularly opted for bluff and bluster.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

The Pentagon is delusional about its capabilities.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

Policy intellectuals infest Washington, strangling common sense and bringing the simple ability to perceive reality to the verge of extinction.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

"People in Washington don’t have time for reality. They’re lost in a world of their own."

Posted on: Sep 18, 2013, Source: Metropolitan Books

We've been 'at war' for more than a decade, but to most Americans armed conflict is an abstraction and 'something other people do.'

Posted on: May 28, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

Does it matter that ours has become and remains a nameless war? Very much so.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2012, Source:

In the Mideast, we are fostering the belief that American values and Islamic values are irreconcilable.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2012, Source:

A war that once occupied center stage in national politics has now slipped to the periphery, with legal and moral questions raised by the war left dangling in midair.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2011, Source:

The “postwar world” brought into existence as a consequence of World War II is coming to an end. A major redistribution of global power is underway.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2011, Source:

Many Americans seek validation and self-regard in displays of "support" for our military. But this unexamined, unearned self-forgiveness is cheap and dangerous.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2011, Source:

Segments of the military seem to have had a bellyful of war and may be open to a real debate over how to overhaul the nation’s basic approach to national security.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2011, Source:

Whatever Obama's motives in Libya, by conforming to a pre-existing American penchant for using force in the Greater Middle East, this president has chosen the wrong tool.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2011, Source:

The U.S. military outlays today equal that of every other nation on the planet combined -- and we get very little for it.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2010, Source:

When, where, and how will the war end? Bluntly, are we almost there yet? Not even.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2010, Source:

According to Bob Woodward's new book, the Pentagon gamed the Afghan war decision to the military's liking (with Woodward's help.) Meanwhile, perpetual war is on Petraeus' agenda.