Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time


In The Bush Agenda, Antonia Juhasz exposes a radical corporate globalization agenda that has been refined by leading members and allies of the Bush administration over decades and reached its fullest, most aggressive implementation under George W. Bush—and Bush Agenda adherents plan for it to outlast him.

Juhasz uncovers the history and key role of U.S. corporations in the creation of this agenda—focusing on Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, Chevron, and Halliburton—then presents the ...

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In The Bush Agenda, Antonia Juhasz exposes a radical corporate globalization agenda that has been refined by leading members and allies of the Bush administration over decades and reached its fullest, most aggressive implementation under George W. Bush—and Bush Agenda adherents plan for it to outlast him.

Juhasz uncovers the history and key role of U.S. corporations in the creation of this agenda—focusing on Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, Chevron, and Halliburton—then presents the Iraq War as its most brutal application to date. Expertly revealing the oil timeline driving the war, Juhasz charts exactly how the administration has fundamentally transformed Iraq's economy, locked in sweeping advantages to its corporate allies, and expanded its target to the whole Middle East. The results of these same corporate globalization policies—dislocation, extreme poverty, and increased violence and terrorism—have been demonstrated in regions from South America to Africa to the Middle East and Asia, and in the United States.

Extensively researched and now updated with a new afterword, The Bush Agenda is a brilliant, informative analysis, revealing the hard truths about where the Bush administration and its corporate allies are leading the modern world—and what we can do about it.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060878788
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Edition description: Updated with a New Afterword
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonia Juhasz is a leading oil industry, international trade, and finance policy expert. She is the author of The Bush Agenda. A frequent media commentator, Juhasz's writing has been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She is a director at Global Exchange in San Francisco, California.

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The Bush Agenda

Invading the World, One Economy at a Time
By Antonia Juhasz

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Antonia Juhasz
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060846879

Chapter One

The Bush Agenda

An uncharacteristically somber George Walker Bush approached the podium of the Great Hall of the United Nations on September 14, 2005. As the president stood in midtown Manhattan to address the gathered members of the General Assembly, much of the U.S. Gulf Coast lay buried beneath a sea of water, mud, waste, sand, and debris. Two days before, the bodies of forty-five people had been discovered in a flooded New Orleans hospital, adding to a death toll that already exceeded a thousand. Over one million people were without homes, including tens of thousands just recently released from the New Orleans Convention Center and Superdome, where they were forced to stay for almost a week without food, water, or electricity while outdoor temperatures exceeded a sweltering 100 degrees.

The president selected the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN) for his first speech before the international community in the wake of the storm. It was a fitting choice given that the 2005 UN Summit was dedicated to the global eradication of poverty. The storm had forced the world's wealthiest nation to take notice of the destitution in its own midst whenKatrina struck an area where more than one million people, or nearly one-fifth of the population, lived in poverty. Katrina's $200 billion price tag was rising, earning the storm the dubious distinction as the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. In response, 115 nations (including Rwanda and Ethiopia, two of the poorest countries in the world), all of whom were represented at the UN Summit, donated money or other forms of assistance to the United States in its hour of need.

This would be President George W. Bush's fifth address before the UN General Assembly. Two months after September 11, 2001, he established an annual tradition of addressing the Assembly within days of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks and just miles from ground zero. The president has used each speech to put forward his international agenda squarely within the context of 9/11. It was with these speeches that Bush made the case for war beyond Afghanistan, into Iraq, and against all states that harbor terrorists; he laid out the criteria for those who are "with" versus those who are "against us" as he built a "coalition of the willing"; and he affirmed his commitment to expanded international trade policies in the name of fighting terrorism and spreading freedom.

To those who watched the president's previous UN addresses, it was clear that in September 2005, recent events were weighing heavily on him. On the same day that bodies were found in the flooded New Orleans hospital, the president's leading federal official for emergency management, Michael D. Brown, was forced to resign amid widespread criticism of the administration's failure to prepare for the highly anticipated arrival of Hurricane Katrina and to adequately respond to its aftermath. Though the president spoke of directing federal funds to the local communities affected by Katrina, it had only recently been revealed that companies such as Halliburton and Bechtel, located in Texas and California respectively, with intimate connections to his administration were receiving multimillion-dollar reconstruction contracts while local companies were shut out. The president personally faced growing charges of political and corporate cronyism, mismanagement, and even racism in his response to the storm, contributing to the lowest job approval ratings (41 percent) of his presidency at the time, and the feeling expressed by a majority of Americans polled that the president was not to be trusted in a time of crisis. Potentially even more distressing to Bush were the nearly two-thirds of Americans who no longer approved of the way he was handling the central pillar of his presidency -- the Iraq war -- and the majority who wanted U.S. troops immediately withdrawn.1

The president, visibly tired, spent much of the speech looking down at his notes. His familiar easy swagger, comfortable grin, and animated gestures were all but missing. True to form, however, he made no alteration to his message. Bush spent a mere ninety-five seconds of the twenty-five-minute speech discussing the hurricane. He noted the devastation, thanked the gathered nations for their support, and moved on. Then, as he had done every year for the previous four years, the president devoted the bulk of his address to just two topics. The first, not surprisingly, was the war on terror, including the war in Iraq. The second was the expansion of free trade. Once again, Bush offered these two policies, war and free trade, as twin solutions to virtually all of the world's problems -- from global poverty to international health crises, including AIDS, malaria, and the Avian flu -- and as the means to achieving a better world.

The president described the benefits of war and his administration's commitment to it by assuring his listeners that "all of us will live in a safer world" if we stay the course in Iraq and complete the war effort. The United States and all "civilized nations" would "continue to take the fight to the terrorists" and "defeat the terrorists on the battlefield." As for free trade, Bush explained that the United States would also defeat the terrorists by fighting poverty and "the surest path to greater wealth is greater trade. . . . By expanding trade, we spread hope and opportunity to the corners of the world, and we strike a blow against the terrorists. . . . Our agenda for freer trade is part of our agenda for a freer world."

The agenda has been refined by President Bush and leading members and allies of his administration over decades, dating back most notably to the administration of his father, George Herbert Walker Bush. Its leading framers include men who served in the administrations of both father and son, such as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Zalmay Khalilzad, Robert Zoellick, and Scooter Libby. Decades of joint writing, refining, and advocating for a set of clear economic and military principles reached its fullest articulation and most aggressive implementation under the administration of George W. Bush -- what I call "The Bush Agenda." This agenda predates the current president, however, and its advocates certainly hope it will outlast him.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Useful account of the occupation of Iraq

    Antonia Juhasz is a Visiting Scholar at Washington¿s Institute for Policy Studies, and a leading anti-globalisation activist. In this book, she describes the Bush agenda of war, empire and globalization. She examines the activities of the leading US companies Bechtel, Chevron, Halliburton and Lockheed Martin. She studies the USA¿s economic invasion of Iraq and the proposed US-Middle East Free Trade Area. She shows how under globalisation, countries can be made to provide benefits, tax breaks and special funding to foreign corporations, but not to their own local businesses. She presents the horrible reality of the US/British occupation of Iraq, and reminds us, ironically, of the wise words of US Vice-President Dick Cheney and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. Cheney said in 1991, ¿I think to have American military engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of a quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion.¿ Wolfowitz wrote in 1997, ¿A new regime would have become the United States¿ responsibility. Conceivably, this could have led the United States into a more or less permanent occupation of a country that could not govern itself, but where the rule of the foreign occupier would be increasingly resented.¿ In 1994 he wrote, ¿Nothing could have insured Saddam Hussein¿s removal from power short of a full-scale occupation of Iraq. ¿ Even if easy initially, it is unclear how or when it would have ended.¿ We can see that the Bush agenda has failed, and not just in Iraq. War, occupation and globalization have not brought peace, democracy, prosperity and security. Instead, there is growing poverty, extremism, terrorism, war and the danger of war. Even a World Bank report of 1999 admitted, ¿Globalization appears to increase poverty and inequality ... The costs of adjusting to greater openness are borne exclusively by the poor, regardless of how long the adjustment takes.¿ We should indeed, as Ms Juhasz recommends, end the occupation of Iraq, cancel the debts of the debtor countries and reject the US-Middle East Free Trade Area. She writes, ¿It is far easier to replace corporate globalization policy than its advocates would have us believe.¿ But the many who work for peace, prosperity and democracy face frenzied opposition from the few who gain from war, debt and occupation.

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