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Andrew Bacevich on America's War for the Greater Middle East

When: Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Walpole Public Library • 143 School Street • Community Room • Walpole
Dr. Andrew Bacevich will give a talk on his upcoming book, America’s War for the Greater Middle East, on  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Walpole Public Library.
In his book, Dr. Bacevich makes a  searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East. Over the past four decades, U.S. forces embarked upon a seemingly endless series of campaigns across the Islamic world. Few achieved anything remotely like conclusive success. Instead, actions undertaken with expectations of promoting peace and stability produced just the opposite. As a consequence, phrases like “permanent war” and “open-ended war” have become part of everyday discourse. Understanding what America’s costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. 

Dr. Bacevich is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served for twenty-three years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He received his PhD in American diplomatic history from Princeton. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University. His three most recent books, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their CountryWashington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War , and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, have all been on the  New York Times bestseller list. His essays, reviews, and op-eds have appeared in publications and newspapers like  The Wilson Quarterly , Foreign Affair, the New York Times,  and the Boston Globe.

Dr. Bacevich’s talk is sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group.

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