Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University, pushes back against the idea that U.S. and allied forces can deliver “government in a box” in Marjah, Afghanistan. Bacevich says the choice of an ex-con, who’d been living in Germany, as the new civilian head of the Marjah region was “like a joke” symbolizing the bankruptcy of the U.S. and allied strategy. He warns that the U.S.’s failure to understand Afghans will have a decisive impact in the region.
Bacevich is the author of several books, including “The Limits of Power” and “The New American Militarism.” He attended West Point and retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel. He holds a Ph.D in American Diplomatic History from Princeton and previously taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University.