Review: The American Style of Foreign Policy

5 Star, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback

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Robert Dalleck

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, publisher needs to present it properly, September 12, 2013

This book was strongly recommended to me by Chuck Spinney, the top defense critic since he made the cover of TIME in the 1980’s. I am in Afghanistan and focused on other matters, but I am so disappointed in the failure of the publisher to properly present the book (e.g. providing Look Inside the Book data to Amazon), and the three star review that provides so little detail and a questionable low rating, that I am moved to simply give this book, sight unseen five stars on the strength of Chuck’s recommendation, and also list some other books below.

The bottom line is that the US lacks intelligence with integrity. Secret intelligence is too easy to ignore, and in the absence of public intelligence in the public interest, the politicians do what others pay them to do, not what is in the best interests of the public. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria are all examples of wars based on lies, wars that cost the public blood, treasure, and spirit, while enriching the few that have bought the politicians.

Other books supporting this book, whose main theme is the moral and intellectual vacuum of US foreign policy, include the following, a selection from my broader reading and reviewing here at Amazon (to see many more books lined up in 98 reading categories, visit Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog).

Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy (Great Questions in Politics Series)
The Fifty-Year Wound: How America’s Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated
Why the Rest Hates the West: Understanding the Roots of Global Rage
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Preparing America’s Foreign Policy for the Twenty-first Century
The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead

God Bless America, and may We the People rise to the challenge of restoring the goodness of America the Beatuiful. There are eight political parties in the USA, and the Independents, all blocked from public office by the two-party tyranny and the evil combination of Wall Street money and Texas oil. We are long overdue for a revolution.

Semper Fidelis,
Robert David STEELE Vivas
INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability

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