Author Archives: Andrew J. Bacevich

How the Medal of Freedom Became a Fraud

Before we pass out any more of these devalued trophies, we need to figure out what “freedom” means.

When Nixon Told Us Invading Cambodia Would Save Civilization

Inflammatory and hysterical language was used then, as it is now, to camouflage reality.

The Constitutional Travesty of Our War in Yemen

Once again, a president has usurped war powers belonging to Congress, with disastrous results.

Robert Kagan’s Cloudy Crystal Ball

He now perceives global authoritarianism as today’s greatest challenge, with conservatives on the wrong side of the fight.

Charles Beard: Punished for Seeking Peace

His reputation was savaged because he had the temerity to question the ‘Good War’ narrative.

Among the Pro-Restraint Progressives

The only way we’ll defeat the foreign policy establishment is if the Left and Right can be brought together.

America: ‘Indispensable Nation’ No More

Rather than seeing ‘far into the future,’ American elites have struggled to discern what might happen next week.

The State of the Union is a Fraud and Should Be Canceled

Get rid of this vapid charade, perpetrated each year at the expense of the American people.

Our Elites’ Selective Support for Democracy

The hypocrisy on daily display in London and Washington of late has become difficult to stomach.

It’s Splitsville for Trump and His Generals

The dealmaking president hasn’t learned how to deal with his subordinates in the military.

When ‘Trashing Our Allies’ Was All the Rage

The same neocons who gush about alliances today were telling anyone not on board with the Iraq invasion to ‘go to hell.’

When David Brooks’ Dreams Don’t Work Out

He thinks the answer is to return power to the morally high-minded establishment that created this mess in the first place.

Electronic Narcissism in the Holy Land

Our writer visited Israel and found plenty of people posing for selfies—along with the old lingering hatreds.

Like the Sixties, Today’s Tumult Will Pass

A great and violent river has bubbled again to the surface of American politics. But the center will hold.

Washington’s Pax Americana Cartel

How can you trust an establishment that so easily succumbs to fantasies of global hegemony and go-it-alone militarism?

Max Boot Resurrects the Lansdale Legend

If only we’d listened to an eccentric CIA operative, we might have won the Vietnam War.

American Stalinism Then and Now

The left has readopted its 1930s purge-happy mindset, in spirit if not in substance.

Trump’s Military Parade: Toy Soldiers Made Large-as-Life

In a weird way, his militaristic proposal captures something important about our present moment.

A Requiem for Vietnam

Today is the anniversary of the fall of Saigon–and here is what writers from George Kennan to Gore Vidal had to say about it in 1975.

Trump’s National Defense Strategy Has the Pentagon Popping Champagne

Along with the entire the military-industrial complex.

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