2. How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, by Gideon Rose.
3. The Frugal Superpower: America’s Global Leadership in a Cash-strapped Era, by Michael Mandelbaum.
None of these books is going to enlighten you about 9 11, but they are of interest.
1. Andrew Bacevich is a professor at Boston University and a former colonel in the US army.
He opposes the USA's militaristic, interventionist foreign policy.
His son was killed in the Iraq War.
Bacevich believes that the threat from the Soviet union was exaggerated; the Russian Empire was a place of poverty.
He believes that the Military-Industrial Complex has taken over US policy for its own financial gain.
He writes of the Vietnam War, "McNamara’s considerable analytical ability ... facilitated the killing of several hundred thousand non-combatants."
Victim of American Depleted Uranium (liberty.hypermart.net/.../death_made_in_america)
2. Gideon Rose is editor of Foreign Affairs magazine.
He believes that American foreign policy "has been generally good for the United States and the world at large."
Think of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rose believes America has used its armies "to carve out an ever larger 'zone of peace' and create a mostly benign structural context in which local, economic, social and political development could proceed".
Rose writes of Woodrow Wilson: "He wanted to spare Germany the ravages that had befallen his beloved south after its total defeat a half-century earlier."
3. Michael Mandelbaum is a professor at Johns Hopkins University.
He believes that the USA cannot afford more wars like Iraq and Afghanistan.
He believes that, unfortunately, this will help Russia and China.
He writes that "mounting domestic economic obligations will narrow the scope of American foreign policy".
According to Mandelbaum "One thing worse than an America that is too strong, the world will learn, is an America that is too weak."
At the UK Financial Times, on 4 December 2010, the influential Gideon Rachman gives his comments:
FT.com / Books / Essays - What if US influence goes into retreat?
"There is no sense in Bacevich's book that, ultimately, American power in the cold war served a moral purpose and delivered a moral end: the peaceful defeat of a dreadful Soviet dictatorship that had murdered millions of its own people and subjugated many of its neighbours.
"Because Bacevich is so alive to the follies and flaws of American policy, he does not pause to imagine the world without American power, either during the cold war or today.
"The US military presence in the Middle East and the Pacific is huge and brings many problems in its wake.
"But would either area of the world really be in a better state if the Americans simply packed up and left? I doubt it...
"If Bacevich is right, the world will be a better place if the US is forced to abandon its quasi-imperial role.
"According to Rose and Mandelbaum, much of the rest of world may come to regret the diminution of American power."
Gideon Rachman is an FT columnist and author of ‘Zero Sum World: Power and Politics after the Crash’ (Atlantic)
What Rachman fails to mention is the American Holocaust.
The USA has been responsible for the deaths of many people in many countries.
If you add up the totals, the USA is probably responsible for the biggest holocaust of all time.
"As a Native American, every time I see the American flag I feel the same way I imagine Jewish people must feel when looking at the Nazi flag."- Rod Coronado, Native American.
The CIA put Saddam into power and manipulated Iraq and Iran into a war. 1.5 million Iranians may have died in the Iran-Iraq war. Then came the Desert Storm campaign, depleted uranium, UN sanctions and the latest Iraq war. Over 1 million Iraqis have died as a result of American interference in Iraq.
On 9 11, 1973, Salvador Allende, the President of Chile, was killed in an American-sponsored coup, led by General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet's rise to power, organised by the CIA and Henry Kissinger, began nearly twenty years of military dictatorship that led to thousands of deaths. 30,000 people were massacred in the weeks following this September 11th, as Pinochet tried to wipe out those who opposed fascism.
The Congo was given a military dictatorship thanks to the CIA assassination of Patrice Lumumba. The Congo conflict has led to at least 3 million deaths.
In Cambodia, America (and Britain) backed Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot who killed nearly 2 million Cambodians.
In 1936, the American National Guard helped Anastasio Somoza to set up a dictatorship which ruled Nicaragua for 43 years.
Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Greece, Iran... All of these and more suffered from torture and death as a result of American 'intervention.'
"I will never apologise for the United States of America - I don't care what the facts are," said President George Bush Sr. in 1988, when the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial airliner. The plane was on a routine flight in a commercial corridor in Iranian airspace. All 290 civilians on board the aircraft were killed.
Many thousands of Afghan civilians have died as a result of U.S. led air strikes in Afghanistan.
Many Germans died after the end of World War II due to the harsh policies of the USA. A survey conducted by the German government stated that some 1.4 million German prisoners died in captivity; many of them died in American captivity.
Since the Second World War, the US government has bombed 21 countries:
China in 1945-46 and again in 1950-53,
Korea in 1950-53
In Korea, nearly 3 million civilians were murdered by the USA and its allies. Civilians were murdered at No Gun Ri and many other places. The USA supported the fascist puppet regime in South Korea. The South Korean government carried out genocide against both North and South Korean people.
Guatemala in 1954, 1960, and 1967-69
Indonesia in 1958
Up to one million innocent civilians died in Indonesia after the CIA put Suharto into power in Indonesia. At least one third of the population of East Timor died after the USA gave Suharto permission to invade that country.
The CIA's MK ULTRA - Nazi style torture of American children
Vietnam in 1961-73
North Vietnam did not want a war. The US military-industrial complex made sure that there was a war. Through the Phoenix Program, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese were tortured to death in “interrogation centers”.
These torture centers were built by the United States. Women were always raped as part of the torture before being murdered. This terrorism, rape and mass-murder was the policy of the USA. The My Lai massacre itself was an operation of the Phoenix Program.
Up to 5 million Vietnamese were killed in the Vietnam war.
Congo in 1964,
Laos in 1964-73,The United States Air Force dropped the equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years on the people of Laos — from 1965 to 1973. Over 2,000,000 tons.This was some of the heaviest aerial bombardment in world history.
Estimated civilian deaths: 800,000 men, women and children.
Peru in 1965,
Cambodia in 1969-70,
El Salvador throughout the 1980s,
Nicaragua throughout the 1980s,
Lebanon in 1968-89...., 93,96, and 2006....
Grenada in 1983,
Bosnia in 1985,
Libya in 1986,
Panama in 1989,
Iraq in 1991 and later,....
Sudan in 1998, ongoing...
Former Yugoslavia in 1999,
and Afghanistan in 1998 and 2002....
If you add up the totals, the United States of America is probably responsible for the biggest holocaust of all time.
"Since before the end of WWII the United States Corporate Mafia Government has been hell bent for total world domination, by any and all means necessary, no matter how brutal — including the slaughter of as many millions of innocent civilian men, women and children as it takes to accomplish that goal."
Source of quote: http://free.freespeech.org/americanstateterrorism/bibliographies/Main.html
Ex-State Department employee William Blum stated:
"An American holocaust has taken place - So great and deep is the denial of the American holocaust that the deniers are not even aware that the claimers or their claims exist.
"Yet, a few million people have died in the American holocaust and many more millions have been condemned to lives of misery and torture as a result of US interventions extending from China and Greece in the 1940s to Afghanistan and Iraq in the 1990s."