Category: Andrew Bacevich

Pulling America back in

June 19th, 2014 in 2014, 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

The Iraq War did not end when the last U.S. troops finally departed over eight years after they first arrived in 2003. Instead, the war continued, albeit absent further direct American participation. In that sense, President Obama’s insistence back in December 2011 that the United States had created “a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people” always contained more than a little eyewash…

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Back to Iraq: The Return of the Vulcans

June 17th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Time 0 comments

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L. Paul Bremer, who ran Iraq in 2003 and 2004 as President Bush’s envoy, is suggesting what the U.S. should do there on the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page and CNN…

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“Their view of history, to my mind, is badly distorted if not simply false, but it is a view of history to which they are devoted. If you want to summarize that history in one word, it would be `Munich’.”

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‘Who lost Iraq?’ The political fight over America’s longest war

June 14th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, the Washington blame game begins. The Obama administration for pulling out or the Bush administration for invading and occupying Iraq in the first place?…

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Can Obama pull a Nixon with the Iraq crisis?

June 14th, 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

For the United States, the Iraq war ranks as the most consequential foreign policy failure since Vietnam. In neither instance did U.S. forces succumb to outright defeat, of course. In both, with victory proving elusive, Americans wearied of the fight and simply walked away, abandoning the people for whom their troops had ostensibly fought…

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Iraq on brink of civil war

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, WBZ-TV 0 comments

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The Duplicity of the Ideologues

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, 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

“Almost 70 years ago, a new world order was born from the rubble of World War II, built by and around the power of the United States.” Yet today, Robert Kagan laments, “that world order shows signs of cracking, and perhaps even collapsing.” Wherever he looks, Kagan sees evidence that “something is changing, and perhaps more quickly than we may imagine,” he writes in theNew Republic (“Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire”). Indeed, “the signs of the global order breaking down are all around us.”…

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Rice’s credibility in question

June 7th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Hill 0 comments

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National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and dignity” has amplified GOP criticism of President Obama’s prisoner swap and undermined Rice’s credibility on Capitol Hill…

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“When I saw her on TV making that honor and distinction comment it just seems so phony to me. I think she doesn’t think seriously about the content of the words and it gets her in trouble and it embarrasses the president. It’s a problem if you have people who say things that end up attracting such adverse attention.”

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Benghazi, Bowe Bergdahl, and manufactured brouhaha

June 6th, 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 verdict appears to be in: President Barack Obama is incompetent and irresponsible, if not altogether wicked, a) because he didn’t do all that he could possibly do to save Ambassador Chris Stevens, killed in a 2012 terrorist attack at Benghazi, and b) because he did all that he could possibly do to free an American soldier, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, until last week held captive by the Taliban for five years…

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Obama: ‘No apologies’ for Bergdahl release deal

June 5th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Defending the way he announced the exchange of imprisoned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban fighters, President Obama said Thursday that he could not give up the chance to save one more life in the waning days of the Afghanistan war…

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“I think that hovers in the background of any discussion of the war, of Bergdahl, of the exchange of five Taliban prisoners, of whether or not this soldier was a good soldier.”

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Hillary Clinton’s Legacy at State Dept.: A Hawk With Clipped Wings

May 31st, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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In her final weeks as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton wrote a private memo to President Barack Obama warning that relations with Russia had hit a low point and the heralded “reset” in relations was over, according to people who saw the document…

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“If she runs, the No. 1 item on her résumé is going to be her term as secretary of state. But in terms of outcomes, the grade she probably deserves is I for incomplete, in the sense that it’s difficult to point to some specific achievements, or to some important initiatives, or to some creative idea that we would attribute to her.”

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