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Andrew Bacevich was born in Normal Illinois. He was a graduate of West Point in 1969 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He later held posts in Germany and the Persian Gulf up until his retirement from service in the early 1990's. He has a PhD in American Diplomatic History from show more Princeton University and has taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998 and becoming Professor of International Relations. He has been a critic of the U.S. occupation of Iraq calling the conflict a catastrophic failure. He wrote several books including American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy and Washington Rules. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Current US strategy is based on maintaining superpower status, and is leading Americans into useless conflicts
I noted that the author's son was killed in Iraq, perhaps contributing to the strident tone of the book. Nonetheless, I think his analysis is very accurate. The US, after the black lives matter movement and 1619 project, can no longer justify a moral stance of encouraging liberty throughout the world. Bacevich's recommendation is to join with Canada and Mexico to defend the North American continent, and to stop interfering militarily with the mideast, Africa, southeast Asia and elsewhere. He exempts the Pacific, where he sees China as a potential adversary. He would shift funding from the Navy to the Coast Guard, and stop nuclear weapon modernization. He would spend more on social issues and health care. He is unsparing about the mistakes of the US national security experts, secretaries of state, and Presidents, since the end of the cold war. He maintains that America has an empire, and has bungled its management

"The handbook on "Effective Imperial Management" consists of three basic tenets: First: Don't invade Russia. Second: Share costs. Third: Repatriate the benefits."
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The introduction is a very meaningful read.
 
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hatzemach | 10 other reviews | Mar 1, 2023 |
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I am loathe to write a review of a book I haven't finished, but considering how long ago I received this book for an "early review" I feel that I should simply consider myself out of time .I requested this book because of my admiration for Andrew Bacevich, not realizing that he was simply an editor. That said, this book certainly delivers on its subtitle 'Solders speak out against America's misguided wars'. The essays I've read so far provide diverse viewpoints of those on the ground and are generally well written. Unfortunately only the introduction, written by Bacevich himself, really impressed me. To me a format change away from a straight essay (along the lines of Svetlana Alexievich) would have allowed for a far more poignant book....... However, for those looking for a specifically American viewpoint from those in our volunteer armed forces, this book certainly delivers.… (more)
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