Category: Andrew Bacevich

A former US military officer warns that efforts to target ISIS shouldn’t ‘hijack’ US policy

PRI’s The World Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences President Barack Obama is turning to Congress to authorize an expansion of military action against ISIS… Expert quote: “The notion that if ISIS is defeated all will be well, that’s wrong. ISIS is a symptom of a much larger problem. ISIS is not the problem.” View […]

US troops in Iraq ring of turning point in Vietnam War

Boston Globe (subscription required) Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences LISTEN CAREFULLY. That’s a streetcar you hear approaching, similar to the one that President Lyndon Johnson hopped aboard a half-century ago when he plunged headlong into the Vietnam War… View full article by expert Andrew Bacevich

Paris attack shows the West is not free from terrorism

Boston Globe (subscription required) 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 […]

Torture report highlights consequences of permanent war

Boston Globe (subscription required) 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 […]

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

NPR “Here & Now” Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences 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… View full article and listen to audio of expert Andrew Bacevich

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

Los Angeles Times 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… View full article by expert Andrew Bacevich

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

Christian Science Monitor Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences 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… Expert quote: “This […]

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

Huffington Post 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… View full article referencing Andrew Bacevich