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America's War for the Greater Middle East - A Military History-logo

America's War for the Greater Middle East - A Military History

Andrew J. Bacevich

Retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades. From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise-now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict-a War for the Greater Middle East-that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, 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. Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. 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 foll

Retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades. From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise-now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict-a War for the Greater Middle East-that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, 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. Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. 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 foll
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Retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades. From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise-now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight. During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict-a War for the Greater Middle East-that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, 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. Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. 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 foll

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rob Shapiro

Length:

15h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:19


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:55


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:44


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:24


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:50


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:24


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:28


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:37


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:57


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:52


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:13


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:17


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:27


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:45


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:24


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:49


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:11


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:15


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:14


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:11


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:48


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:43


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:23


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:50


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:36


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:47


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:44


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:24


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:27


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:42


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:18


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:49


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:01


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:18


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:12


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:15


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:27


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:22


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:44


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:38


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:21


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:53


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:11


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

00:32