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The Books

Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
Base Nation

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World
by David Vine

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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October 16, 2014

Comments

Id elect peter van buren for president.

The United States Governments have, at least since the late 1940's and early 50's perpetrated one great blunder after another in the Middle East. They organised the overthrow of democratically government in Iran and replaced said government with a murderous lapdog, the Shah. In the war between Iran and Iraq they provided Iraq with weapons of mass destruction, some of which Saddam later used on his own people. They have provided unconditional support for the Israeli Zionists since said Zionists drove 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and their land. Even today, as the Zionists run roughshod over the civilian population in Gaza, the US provides Israel with $8,500,000 per day in aid.

The British started the whole Middle East mess after WWI by carving up that area with little or no thought to the promises made to the Arab leaders ,or regard to the tribal and religious realities of the area after the defeat and break up of the Ottoman Empire. The USA as continued the same line of stupidity since becoming the world's only superpower.

Thank you, Mr. Van Buren. I wonder if you might suggest, or point readers in the direction of, possible good courses of action for the United States. Clearly there is pressure from some corners to "do something," and as you've shown, the likely outcomes from any of these actions are negative. Even if you believe we should not actively intervene in any way, what would be good courses of action in terms of our posture and our communication with the powers in the region?

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