Andrew Bacevich, 26SEP16
As a starting point on U.S. interventionism in the Middle East, the military historian Andrew Bacevich starts with the Carter Doctrine, outlined in his 1980 State of the Union Address. Speaking to a packed hall of cadets, staff, and faculty on September 26, the Boston University professor emeritus and Adjunct Scholar of the Modern War Institute chronicled the past three decades of a U.S. military policy in the region he described as one of “naiveté, shortsightedness, and hubris.”

Professor Bacevich, a graduate of the 1969 class of West Point, was visiting to discuss his latest book, America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (Random House). Going back to Carter, he blames his designation of the Persian Gulf as a vital national security interest as the catalyst for the militarization of American foreign policy in the region. He believes that Washington has “misused military power on an epic scale,” and only left the region more unstable and worse off.
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