Faith-Based War: From 9/11 to Catastrophic Success in Iraq

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Overview

"A faith-based policy governed key features of the American invasion of Iraq, including the choice of a self-defeating 'Shock and Awe' strategy, and a grossly mismanaged occupation. A religious rationale likewise blinded devotees of the White House torture program to the predictable cost in American lives, and the damage to America's moral standing." The Bush Administration embraced an imperialist Christian militarism that unites elements of classic Puritan tradition with the mythology of the Western frontier. Faith-Based War brings into focus this dangerous perversion of Christian teaching, and details its catastrophic results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845531614
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Religion And Violence Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Walter Herbert teaches American literature and culture at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and has published extensively on issues of religion, cultural imperialism, and sexual politics, especially in the work of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. His most recent book is Sexual Violence and American Manhood.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 American Blindspot 12

Ch. 2 Defending God's Chosen 27

Ch. 3 Limitless Divine Sanction 43

Ch. 4 The Fire of Freedom 60

Ch. 5 Drinking the Kool Aid 79

Ch. 6 Avenging Angel 96

Ch. 7 Six-Gun Saviors 111

Ch. 8 Moral Clarity and Moral 131

Ch. 9 A Theology of Torture 148

Coda: Hooded Man 170

Bibliography 177

Index 186

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