Speaker to discuss 'limits of power'
Andrew Bacevich, a leading expert on national security policy, will speak on “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” Thursday at Linfield College. The free talk is set for 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.
Bacevich is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Germany and the Persian Gulf before retiring as a colonel.
Now on the faculty at Boston University, Bacevich plans to illustrate how previous administrations, dating back as far as the end of World War II, have led America on an increasingly unsustainable path. He will also offer suggestions on how to reverse that course.
His bestseller, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War,” is a critique of the country’s military industrial complex. In “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” he argues that America’s lust for empire and its sense of entitlement, coupled with its myth of indestructibility, has deluded and diminished the nation at home and abroad. Another of his books, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” is a critique of the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war.
The lecture is sponsored by Linfield’s Edith Green Lectureship and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement.
This year’s PLACE theme is “The Legacies of War.” For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.