Review: Killing Hope–U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II-Updated Through 2003

5 Star, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Intelligence (Government/Secret)
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Essential Reference, Should be Updated to Include Drone Depredations

February 17, 2007

William Blum

Over-all, this is a very precious book, and an essential reference on the history of US intervention, both military and clandestine or covert. I consider it an essential reference, and would like to see a 2014 edition updated to include rendition, torture, and assassination by drone with 2% effectiveness, meaning 98% of the thousands killed by CIA drones are “collateral damage” — women, children, and other innocents.

As a former Marine Corps infantry office and former clandestine services case officer, and as an avid reader of non-fiction, I will gladly state on the record that this author has it largely right.

There are other books that complement this one–everything by Noam Chomspky, Derek Leebaert's “The Fifty-Year Wound,” Chalmers Johnson on “Sorrows of Empire,” Robert McNamara et al, “Wilson's Ghost,” the DVD “Why We Fight,” Ambassador Palmer's “The Real Axis of Evil” (on the 45 dictators we SUPPORT), and–with respect to the ignorance of America about reality, the two books, “Fog Facts,” and “Lost History.” See also Marine General Smedley Butler's short but hard-hitting work, “War is a Racket.”

While I take the author with a grain of salt and do not appreciate his collaboration with Phil Agee, who betrayed his oaths to the US, whatever his reasons, on balance this book is an essential reference for anyone who wishes to understand why the rest of the world is beginning to conclude that we are the worst of all evils in our foreign policy behavior and misbehavior.

Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
Wilson's Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century
Why We Fight
Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025
War Is a Racket: The Anti-War Classic by America's Most Decorated General, Two Other Anti=Interventionist Tracts, and Photographs from the Horror of It
Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth'
Fog Facts : Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin (Nation Books)
Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq

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