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Blood in the Sand: Imperial Fantasies, Right-Wing Ambitions, by Stephen Eric Bronner

By Stephen Eric Bronner

Following the assaults of September eleven, 2001, clouds of ash blackened the skies over manhattan urban, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania. within the wake of the destruction, the U.S. probably entered a brand new period marked through radical alterations within the nation's discourse and within the regulations of the Bush management. With the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and saber damn somewhere else, America's international conflict on terror started to take form. Lofty rhetoric approximately increasing democracy and protecting freedom stuffed the halls of elite energy and ruled mainstream media insurance of yank politics. Blood within the Sand bargains either an incisive research and a confrontational critique of America's fresh foreign ambitions and its dominant political tradition. Stephen Eric Bronner demanding situations the thought that every little thing replaced within the aftermath of September 11. He indicates as a substitute how a legal act served to legitimize political manipulation and invigorate conventional nationalistic enthusiasms for militarism and imperial growth. making use of his personal reports within the center East, Bronner recognizes -- yet refuses to overstate -- contemporary revolutionary advancements within the sector. He criticizes the neo-conservative penchant for unilateral army aggression and debunks the doubtful proposal of fostering democracy at gunpoint. whereas Bronner analyzes authoritarian repression, human rights violations, shrinking civil liberties, and critical socioeconomic inequalities, Blood within the Sand is neither a slender political diatribe nor a futile workout in anti-American negativism. the writer honors the US through condemning the betrayal of the nation's best beliefs through such a lot of of these who, hypocritically or naively, invoke these beliefs the main. Bronner sheds new mild on those that insist on publicly waving the flag whereas privately subverting that for which it stands. Blood within the Sand sounds a clarion demand revitalizing the yank polity and reshaping international coverage alongside democratic traces. devoted to a political renewal, Bronner urges the yankee humans to bear in mind what's top approximately their nationwide history and the true beacon of wish it could actually supply different international locations and different cultures.

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Little time is wasted asking whether an elective affinity might exist between the extraordinary popularity gained by President Bush in retaliating for the attack on the World Trade Center and the subsequent attempts to identify his administration with a broader war against terrorism. The terrible tragedy of 2001 has increasingly been manipulated—as surely as the sinking of the Maine was manipulated in 1898—to justify a new militarism designed to secure American hegemony in a new global order. What should have been a circumscribed response to a terrorist action is turning into a doctrine justifying American intervention anywhere and anytime.

This begs two obvious questions: Would the American public have supported a war against Iraq had they known the truth? And perhaps more importantly, did this self-induced ignorance about conditions in Iraq help produce the current morass in which billions of dollars have been wasted and every day more American soldiers are injured or killed? Millions of dollars were spent by a special prosecutor investigating false allegations of financial impropriety by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Impeachment proceedings were begun following the revelation of an affair between President Clinton and an intern.

The chief American inspector for Iraq, Charles A. Duelfer, has offered a report and testified before Congress that, under pressure from the United Nations, Iraq ended its nuclear program in 1991 and closed down its last biochemical weapons plant in 1996; he also found no evidence of an attempt to restart those programs (New York Times, October 7, 2004). But then various members of the Bush inner circle cheerfully admitted that the threat posed by Iraq had been grossly exaggerated. No matter: hyping the threat was useful in building a consensus for war.

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