“America has no business in the Middle East”

Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Studies and graduate of West Point, whose son died serving the country in Iraq, has written and spoken extensively on U.S. foreign policy, religion, and most recently on the Syrian situation. His important book, The Limits of American Power The End of American Exceptionalism, is the most important book that I know of for Americans to read. He is not a dove, nor a soft minded liberal, he is, as he says, “a conservative Catholic.” But he thinks that America has “no business” in the Middle East, and history shows, and he has studied and written on this, that ALL of our recent efforts there have led to nothing but death and destruction. This Bill Moyers interview should be listened to by every American:


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  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    Hello James.

    I applaud a conservative Catholic for having written such a book, apparently getting closer to Ron Paul’s idea.

    But what do you say to people who keep asserting that if we do nothing, the death of countless innocents will be a huge burden for our conscience? If we can save the civilians by intervening, then we OUGHT to intervene

    My objection is that you won’t defeat a dictator and introduce democracy but replace a dictatorship by an Islamist theocracy which would be far worse in many respects.

    Do you think this will also bolster anti-Western feelings in the entire Muslim world?

    Lovely greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son


  • https://twitter.com/SoCalCMH christopher hubbard

    since we all know that america, and just about every other industrialized nation, and industrializing nation, of the world most certainly DOES “have business” in the middle east are you recommending, as i do, that we frack, frack, frack our way to energy independence and combined with our neighbors to the north and south with canada and mexico form a north american energy compact that ups its productive capacities so that we, and not the saudis, iranians and russians take back the leverage regarding the world’s energy supply and therefore tilt the balance of power on all things related to oil, coal and natural gas our way, and thus, on our terms and away from theirs? that seems to me the only way to ultimately have no business in the middle east.