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Andrew J. Bacevich

Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.


Besotted with ambition, empires in our age have betrayed an astonishing propensity for self-inflicted wounds. ...the history of the past hundred years offers a moral lesson to complement the geopolitical theme of America’s rise to preeminence. Of the dangers that threaten a Great Power, the most insidious come from within.

Mar. 01, 1998 - from his essay "The Irony of American Power", published in First Things, No. 81
'Globalization' today has become the functional equivalent of the phrase 'Free World' during the 1950s and 1960s. It contains an important truth, but vastly oversimplifies that truth. It implies mysteries grasped fully only in the most rarified circles of government. It suggests the existence of obligations to which ordinary people must submit. It is a powerful instrument of persuasion, the rhetorical device of last resort, to which--not unlike 'diversity' in the realm of domestic politics--there is no counter.

Jun. 01, 1999 - from his essay "Policing Utopia", published in The National Interest