Category: Andrew Bacevich

Paris attack shows the West is not free from terrorism

January 9th, 2015 in 2015, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Striking similarities link this week’s terrorist incident in Paris to the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. In each case, a vicious attack perpetrated in broad daylight in the middle of a great city, kills and maims innocents. In each, the attack originates not from abroad, but from within. Both assaults involve brothers who identify with Islam. Both shock Western consciences and evoke a spirit of transatlantic solidarity. In an Internet instant, the phrase “Je suis Charlie” has become omnipresent, a tribute to slain Parisian satirists, who, it seems fair to say, few of us had ever heard of just days ago. It’s “Boston Strong” with a French accent…

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Torture report highlights consequences of permanent war

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The just-released Senate report on CIA interrogation practices since 9/11 contains nothing that would have surprised the journalist and critic Randolph Bourne. Back in 1918, in an essay left unfinished at the time of his death later that year, Bourne had warned that “war is the health of the state.”…

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Military Analyst: Obama’s Foreign Policy Initiatives Have ‘All Failed’

December 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Military analyst Andrew Bacevich says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s replacement won’t matter much because the clock is running out on President Barack Obama’s tenure and the conflict in the Middle East will slog on…

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Obama’s strategy against Islamic State? Whack-a-mole

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

“Comprehensive strategy.” That’s the operative phrase that the Obama administration has employed in rolling out its new campaign to take on Islamic State…

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Analyzing potential challenges of fighting the Islamic State

September 12th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, PBS NewsHour 0 comments

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With Islamic State speech, Obama deepens US involvement in Middle East

September 11th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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In presenting to the American people his strategy for “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State (IS), President Obama essentially launched what he came into office pledging to get the United States out of: an open-ended military campaign in the Middle East…

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“This is absolutely a continuation of the long war. Whether or not the effort to defeat ISIS succeeds, this new intervention is not going to bring the long war to an end.”

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You’re Probably Not Asking Enough Questions About U.S. Military Action Against ISIS

September 11th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

President Barack Obama is set to lay out in a speech tonight his “game plan” for an expanded assault on the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL…

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Is the U.S. Military Ready for Another Mid-East Conflict?

September 10th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Takeaway 0 comments

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Tonight, President Obama will outline his plans to attack the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the terrorist offshoot of Al-Qaeda now thriving on the border of Iraq and Syria…

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Stay Out of Ukraine, but Deploy Eastward

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

NATO’s founding purpose was to defend its members. In fulfilling that purpose throughout the Cold War, it gained well-deserved recognition as history’s most successful alliance…

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Does NATO still matter?

September 4th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, BBC, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

One of the most important NATO summits in years is underway in Wales, with Western leaders struggling to coordinate a response to conflict in Ukraine and the Middle East…

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