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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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January 31, 2013

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Dear Author: Thanks for a part of the puzzle: How do nations, including and perhaps especially the U. S., never quite understand at the beginning, fail in the course to comprehend, and within a generation given half a chance manage to repeat what was never learned or comprehended. This tells the story around one confirmation but it points towards blind institutions and ignorant nations. It is particularly pertinent given Vietnam in the recent past and all the present invitations to invasion and occupation in the present. With the draft gone, only the unfavorable budget and varied individuals such as yourself restrain. I put a portion of all this on 1) the abiding presumption of power; 2) the pervasive bureaucratic and enlightened mind that thinks it thinks, that the world is a set of problems and it is for them to think through and solve them; and finally 3) slack democratic appetites which confuses and confound any imagination possibility with wish, want, and will—and moral and rational dreams. All conspire to a mind that does everything and anything rather than admit humbling complexity, contingency, and surprise, which is the nature of time, events, and large and small human undertakings. Anyhow thanks for your useful little essay on a big subject. It rings the bell.

Revision of previous note. Here is a hurried revision
Dear Author: Thanks for a part of the puzzle: How do nations, including and perhaps especially the U. S., never quite understand at the beginning, fail in the course to comprehend, and within a generation given half a chance manage to repeat what was never learned or comprehended? Your gives part of the answer by the biography of confirmation yet it succeeds in pointing towards blind institutions, ignorant nations, and thoughtless leaders. It is particularly pertinent given Vietnam in the recent past and all the present invitations to invasion and occupation in the present. With the draft gone, only the unfavorable budget and varied individuals such as yourself restrain. I put a portion of all this on 1) the abiding presumption of power; 2) the pervasive bureaucratic and enlightened mind that thinks it thinks, that the world is a set of problems and it is for them to think through and solve them; and finally 3) slack democratic appetites which confuse and confound possibility with wish, want, and will—and moral and rational dreams. All conspire to a mind that does everything and anything rather than admit humbling complexity, incalculable contingency, and inevitable surprise, which is the nature of time, events, and large and small human undertakings. Anyhow thanks for your useful little essay on a big subject.

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