Review (Fiction): Twilight’s Last Gleaming

5 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Civil Society, Complexity & Catastrophe, Democracy, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Impeachment & Treason, Politics, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, War & Face of Battle, Water, Energy, Oil, Scarcity
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John Michael Greer

5.0 out of 5 stars Goosebumps — very very real — the playbook for taking down the USA, July 9, 2015

I first read Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America, that was the serious book, and then this book and I have to say that the both go very well together.

This book is the playbook for how a hollow US military over-reliant on satellites for location and communications, over-reliant on carriers that are too easily killed by supersonic wave-hopping missiles, over-reliant on a very mediocre US air force that cannot maintain air superiority or long air-based supply lines, is smashed by the Chinese when an amoral thoughtless US presidency goes one regime change oil field hijacking too far.

I read a lot, almost exclusively in non-fiction (the other fiction book apart from this one that is memorable to me is TYRANNICIDE The Story of the Second American Revolution, I strongly recommend it as a complement to this one). Everything I have read in the non-fiction arena supports the narrative that the author has woven here.

In one place he has put the perfect storm:

+ Chinese take out US satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) and communications.

+ Carriers and other ships easily sunk by supersonic wave-hopping anti-ship missiles that exist today

+ Air Force runs out of its shit F-22 and F-35 aircraft, meaning US not only loses air superiority, but it cannot supply far forward units in Africa by air

+ US helicopters become toast in face of advanced anti-air missiles carried and aimed by one man

+ Iran opens a second front against Saudi Arabia and Russia support China againsst the USA

+ Diego Garcia falls to Chinese commandos preceded by cyber-attacks

+ US degenerates domestically into riots, gas lines, and police brutality — Feds try martial law and have it stuck up their ass — Governors expel DHS and federal presence

+ Article 5 Constitutional Convention called

There are many non-fiction books that support the very plausible and well-presented scenarios the author has put together in a most elegant manner. Here are just a few, I would refer readers to my 98 categories of reviews accessible via the Review page at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence BLog.

Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
Wages of Rebellion
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II – Updated Edition
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
The Nine Nations of North America
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
A Constitutional History of Secession

I assume Chinese leaders have read this book — I suspect American leaders have not…and therein lies the endgame.

Best wishes to all,
Robert David STEELE Vivas
INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarify, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability

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