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: 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.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2010, Source: AlterNet

For more than 50 years, Washington has subscribed to the absurd notion that America can police the world with military action. All we've managed to do is bankrupt our country.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2010, Source:

Western countries spend a fortune on their armies -- but they don't seem to have any effect.