Dismantling the Empire
America's Last Best Hope
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The author of the bestselling Blowback Trilogy reflects on America's waning power in a masterful collection of essays
In his prophetic book Blowback, published before 9/11, Chalmers Johnson warned that our secret operations in Iraq and elsewhere around the globe would exact a price at home. Now, in a brilliant series of essays written over the last three years, Johnson measures that price and the resulting dangers America faces. Our reliance on Pentagon economics, a global empire of bases, and war without end is, he declares, nothing short of "a suicide option."
Dismantling the Empire explores the subjects for which Johnson is now famous, from the origins of blowback to Barack Obama's Afghanistan conundrum, including our inept spies, our bad behavior in other countries, our ill-fought wars, and our capitulation to a military that has taken ever more control of the federal budget. There is, he proposes, only one way out: President Obama must begin to dismantle the empire before the Pentagon dismantles the American Dream. If we do not learn from the fates of past empires, he suggests, our decline and fall are foreordained. This is Johnson at his best: delivering both a warning and an urgent prescription for a remedy.
From Publishers Weekly
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Obviously a Liberal, totally backwards. I don't understand how anyone could be this ignorant. It's just astonishing. But if your a hardcore liberal (which most liberals are) then I'm sure you will enjoy this book.
Very thoughtful and relevant
Not liberal as a previous reviewer said. It's about America's place in the world. Just read the sample and you'll realize that he believes all recent administrations have contributed to current situations. This is a thoughtful treatise from a foreign relations specialist.
If you'd like to read a critique of American foreign policy that ignores critical facts and panders to liberal biases then this is the book for you.
Setting aside the author's flawed interpretation of historical events, this book can serve as a wonderful basis for understanding the liberal world-view. Much like the fiction that guides the imperial forces the author feels to be so great a threat to the republic, the conceit that the USA is the source of all evil could be considered just as parochial and ethnocentric.
Save your cash. Nothing new here.