Andrew Bacevich: Has 30 Years Of Middle Eastern Intervention Been Worth It?
Has the Greater Middle East become more stable, or less thanks to American involvement? Has America's reputation improved in the countries they have been flexing their military muscle in front of? Or, as Bacevich worries, have the past 30 years of military intervention only "fueled anti-Americanism?" Bacevich says these are pressing questions that desperately need to be answered by the current administration. The responses will be crucial in determining whether U.S. international policy should continue in the same direction it has been going—or if it's time to consider that dedicated Middle Eastern military involvement is not the best course of action for the nation. With death tolls rising, the country needs to determine if the wars they are waging are worth the costs.
Bacevich, a retired Colonel and military scholar, currently sits on the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of The Limits of Power and Washington Rules and is a Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A popular military speaker, he combines first hand experience with academic research to give a detailed analysis of current military policies. In his speeches, he helps audiences understand the complexities of foreign relations. He shows them a detailed picture of what the national doctrine looks like today—and explores where it may go in the future.