Nova Scotia : Fernwood ; Bangalore : Books for Change ; Beirut : World Book Pub. ; Kuala Lumpur : SIRD ; Cape Town : Spearhead ; London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
viii, 240 p. ; 20 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-230) and index.
1. Bush and the Costs of the New American Imperium Imperial Overstretch The American empire The American myth The new American empire The American military abroad Imperial Decline Economic Overstretch Democratic overstretch Imperial decline Conclusion 2. Empire as the American Way of Life Defining empire, the American way The foundations of the American empire The new weltanschaung New imperial leadership The early hubris of empire Relaunching the informal empire 3. The 'American Century' 4. The Rise of the Bush People: (the Neo-Conservatives and the Petro-Military Complex) The movement that upended the establishment Corporate right Rise of the neocons The next generation The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Things go better with God 5. The Making of George Bush The privileged American dream Atonement Finding his persona The Governor Headed towards the White House Who is this man? The Iron Triangle 6. The Politics of Fear: Bush Hijacks September 11 The open door to war 'Why do they hate us?' The unilateral 'coalition' The empire confronts the republic at home The dirty war in Afghanistan Bush sells the Axis of Evil 7. The Doctrine of Pre-emptive War and the Iraqi Debacle 8. Imperial Overstretch: An American Exit? Bibliography Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
George W. Bush has fundamentally changed America's place in the world. In some neo-conservative circles the word 'empire' is back in fashion, and a great republic that broke away from the British empire is now supposed to be proud of its new imperial role. This book explains how the neo-conservatives and the petro-military complex have hijacked US foreign policy. It examines the price that Americans will have to pay for this new era of unlimited US military might -- a never ending fear of terrorism; mushrooming defence and security spending; the erosion of civil liberties at home and the deaths abroad of tens of thousands of civilians and military combatants. At the heart of this disturbing and timely book is the ultimate question. Previous empires have foundered on the rock of imperial overstretch -- the costs of trying to run and protect empires eventually outstripping the capacity and willingness of the citizenry to pay for them. Is the US in danger of going down that road? Who around George 'Dubya' Bush is pushing him along that path? (source: Nielsen Book Data)