The term “blowback,” invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended results of American actions abroad. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson. Chalmers Johnson, was the president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, and the author of the bestselling books Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists.
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Jan 07, Ben Burtzos rated it really liked it. One thing I hate about books like this is confronting the depth of my own ignorance. This is another book I read in college.
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson
The IMF frequently imposes and American inspired economic model on the countries it “helps,” yet as Mr. To say that it is done through malicious intent is so far over the top. Late in his career he became well known as a critic of ” rational choice ” approaches, particularly in the study of Japanese politics and political economy.
The book is clearly written, blowbsck rich both in facts and analysis.
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
No trivia or quizzes yet. Dismantling the Empire is suggested reading for CIA personnel. Instead of continuing its obsolete Cold War strategy, Johnson calls on the United States to reevaluate its strategic requirements and to formulate a new foreign policy.
Aug 30, Chris White rated it it was amazing. Johnwon 30, Kamil Salamah rated it it was amazing. But the people living next door to these bases and dealing with the swaggering soldiers who brawl and sometimes rape their women certainly think of them as imperial enclaves, just as the people of ancient Iberia or nineteenth-century India knew that they were victims of foreign colonization.
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He also noted, on page 26, the jojnson of dictators that the United States has supported to achieve foreign policy goals and, in the process, often angering local populations and producing negative effects for American goals. The American people have given uncritical support to an array of operative including presidents in US Empire building.
It jobnson be good to broaden my intellectual horizons and see what sorts of theories are floating around out there. Thus it goes the world over with the U. Any American with a grain of salt.
This book was published in but written inso Whereas traditional empires maintained control over subject peoples via colonies, since World War II the US has developed a vast system blowbafk hundreds of military bases around the world.
Apr 15, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s no doubt about that.
This book, dealing with history through the Clinton era, presents the thesis that the US empire is overstretched militarily and economically. Jun 25, David rated it really liked it Shelves: There is no reason. Economics played a key role in producing the blowback — the sometime violent response to US intervention and domination — that resulted. The first is that America and its institutions including the IMF seem to lack an essential curiosity to understand non-American cultures.
Thisbook explains how this process has worked against our nation and created the insecurity we now face as we become aware we are the target of angry retaliations we do not understand and which are lied about by our government and the media so we are kept from understanding the true nature of the conflicts we set in motion around the world.
Ghost Wars and the Looming Tower both present meticulously researched accounts of the road to September 11th. For example, it was the CIA who established the Sha in the Iranian government in the s, and now America is paying the price for it. It is done so with the declaration that a greater good shall be achieved or that the alternative is far worse. The fullest regional examination in the book is of Okinawa, used as a lever for policy between Japan and the U.
The founders of our nation understood this well and tried to create a form of government — a republic — that would prevent this from occurring.
As I recall, chal,ers is the first book I read after the September 11th attacks. Blowback a term initially used in classified CIA documents, referred to the unintended consequences of covert action. His ability to convey foreign views of American policy is impressive and convincing, undoubtedly because of his personal interaction with foreigners throughout his career.
Apr 01, Marc rated it it was amazing Shelves: Preview — Blowback by Chalmers Johnson. From a case of rape by U. But I’ve noticed two shades of realism: Our commitment to remaining the “lone superpower” is, in short bankrupting us and insuring our eventual decline. In case after case, Johnson demonstrates the negative impact of American military bases on local communities such as Okinawa and parts of the Philippines where, rape, crime, noise, disease, and environmental contamination are routine byproducts of American military presence.
This book shows how the military structure and the defense agenda have divorced themselves from This is the second book I’ve read from Chalmers Johnson, and it was definitely another success. Chalmers has a distinctly Anti-American bias. We are just yet to see the US tumble just yet.