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Andrew J. Bacevich


Andrew J. Bacevich is the author most recently of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History. This essay is syndicated by and appears courtesy of

  • Our Man in Riyadh

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | November 29, 2018
    What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing—and arguably quite a lot.
  • Infinite War

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | June 14, 2018
    “The United States of Amnesia.” That’s what Gore Vidal once called us. We remember what we find it convenient to remember and forget everything else. That forgetfulness especially applies to the history of others.
  • What Happens When a Few Volunteer and the Rest Just Watch

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | April 18, 2018
    The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a bit of updating.
  • On Seeing America’s Wars Whole

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | March 21, 2018
    Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation’s—and arguably, the world’s—most influential publication. It’s the family business, of course, so your appointment to succeed your father doesn’t exactly qualify as a surprise.
  • Still Waiting

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | December 13, 2017
    What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as reprehensible.
  • Autopilot Wars: Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting?

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | October 09, 2017
    Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts. First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place, but at least seven. Second, the vast majority of the American people could not care less.
  • Slouching Toward Mar-a-Lago

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | August 10, 2017
    Like it or not, the president of the United States embodies America itself. The individual inhabiting the White House has become the preeminent symbol of who we are and what we represent as a nation and a people. In a fundamental sense, he is us.
  • Forbidden Questions?

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | May 08, 2017
    24 key issues that neither the Washington elite nor the media consider worth their bother.
  • Prepare, Pursue, Prevail!

    By Andrew J. Bacevich | March 22, 2017
    Since its creation in 1983, CENTCOM has emerged as the ne plus ultra of the Pentagon’s several regional commands, the place where the action is always hot and heavy. Votel is the latest in a long train of four-star generals to preside over that action.

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