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The Books

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
No Good Men Among the Living

America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
by Anand Gopal

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich
Breach of Trust

How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
by Andrew J. Bacevich

Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
Power Systems

Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam
by Nick Turse

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren
We Meant Well

How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
by Peter Van Buren

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War by Andrew BacevichWashington Rules
America's Path to Permanent War
by Andrew Bacevich


Dismantling The Empire: America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers JohnsonDismantling The Empire
America's Last Best Hope
by Chalmers Johnson


The Limits Of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich
The Limits Of Power

The End of American Exceptionalism
by Andrew Bacevich


Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World by Noam Chomsky
Imperial Ambitions

Conversations on the Post-9/11 World
by Noam Chomsky


Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin
Empire's Workshop

Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
by Greg Grandin

A Question Of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Alfred McCoy
A Question of Torture

CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror
by Alfred McCoy

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency by Michael Klare
Blood and Oil

The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
by Michael T. Klare

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August 16, 2012

Comments

Thank you for the truth. As a Sociologist, I knew exactly how Iraq was going to end when we ran into the first sand storm. "Mission accomplished, indeed." The lesson: Culture matters, ethnicity matters, history did not end when capitalism hallucinated its ultimate triumph, although our species soon may.

Anciently:

"Why doth the way of the wicked prosper: why is it well with all them that transgress, and do wickedly?"

So we can't blame it on the modern poisons, the atomic fallout, chemicals in the water, air pollution.

Eugenics won't work. Those who have the power to implement it, the wicked, would only increase their kind. And what about the rest of us? All of life developed on the principle of the tooth and the claw.

After the oil runs short, if there are any human survivors of the inevitable worldwide catastrophe, they will still be asking the ancient question.

There is no solution to the problem that is legal under any code. Outrage at the criminals is nothing to them. So indemnified, they will continue to prosper "until the Devil up and dates them, when He's finished with the practice of the law." (The Bench and the Bar, Dr. R. Emmett Kane)

It took the neo-con mentality of we're right, you're wrong, things are only black and white pig headedness to try something as audacious as invasion and regime change in Iraq. But it was that same mentality that meant they were always going to screw it up. 

Instead of letting Iraqis get back to running the country the way they knew how - every system and infrastructure was overturned to be replaced by a 'better' US way of doing things.

$4 million for a frozen chicken processing plant when Iraqis buy live chickens to be slaughtered halal and eaten that day.

Also, the people who had a clue how to do things after the invasion were pushed aside for pro-Bush bureaucrats who were totally out of their depth. (reference the film 'No Way Out').

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