The September 11 terror attacks and subsequent war in Afghanistan are considered by many a dangerous new era in global politics. In a comprehensive study of the world since September 11, Douglas Kellner provides a detailed examination of the Bush administration's response to the terror attacks and subsequent U.S. interventions. In this sustained critical analysis of Bush administration policy, Kellner argues that global terrorism instead requires a multilateral and global solution. The book shows how September 11 provided an opportunity for the Bush administration to push through hard-right domestic and foreign policies, many of which were being contested and blocked in Congress pre-September 11. Kellner describes the Bush legacy of unilateralism in foreign policy, which greatly undermines national security while isolating the U.S. and creating new enemies; a failed economic policy that enriched its supporters and corporate allies while turning economic surpluses into deficits; and a sustained policy of attacks on democracy, civil liberties, justice, and the U.S. constitutional system of checks and balances. The book documents several important factors largely overlooked by the media, including: 1. The relations between the Bush family, the bin Ladens, Cheney and the tangled web of oil, money, and money behind both the Enron, Halliburton and other corporate scandals and the September 11 attacks and subsequent Terror War; 2. The ways that the Bush administration deprioritized terrorism pre-September 11 and put aside Clinton administration plans to deal with bin Laden and terrorism; 3. How Republican Party and Bush administration economic policies helped enable corporate corruption and have led to economic crisis; 4. How Bush administration unilateralism is intensifying war and repression throughout the world and how his new doctrine of "preemptive strikes" threatens to unleash an era of war.
...This book shines out: first it is refreshingly critical, observant, peppered throughout with convincing examples and characterized by a polemical quality that energizes a reading of its calibre; secondly, it unmasks courageously a matrix of pre- and post-9/11 events other explanatory platforms do not capture. Overall, this is one book that deserves to be widely read.
A fascinating chronology and analysis of events following the September 11 catastrophe, framing this turbulent period in American history against the backdrop of both domestic and international conditions. The book is written as fascinating narrative combining great conceptual clarity, readability, and humor—a humor all the more biting when it is directed against President Bush and his lieutenants. Kellner's critique of the Bush Presidency—harsh and unyielding—is perhaps the best to be found in the contemporary literature on American politics.
For the past two decades, Douglas Kellner has been helping readers understand mass media and the crisis of democracy through an intriguing mix of critical, social, and cultural theory, and radical democratic politics. In From 9/11 to Terror War, Kellner has done a masterful job of exposing the lies of the Bush administration in the so-called war on terrorism and showing how the commercial media are complicit in the distortions. Kellner's exhaustive study shows how the militarism and unilateralism of the United States pose a serious threat to world peace and American democracy.
Douglas Kellner holds the George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair at UCLA and author of numerous books including, The Persian Gulf TV War, Television and the Crisis of Democracy, and Grand Theft 2000: Media Spectacle and a Stolen Election.
Introduction 1 The Bush Administration and the September 11 Terror Attacks Chapter 1 2 Theorizing September 11 Chapter 2 3 9/ 11, the Media, and War Fever Chapter 3 4 Operation Enduring Freedom and the Proliferation of Terror War Chapter 4 5 Special Operations, Bombing, and Propaganda War Chapter 5 6 Vicissitudes of Terror War Chapter 6 7 Collapse of the Taliban Chapter 7 8 The Hunt for bin Laden Chapter 8 9 The New Barbarism: World in Turmoil Chapter 9 10 The War at Home: Political Battles and the Enron Scandal Chapter 10 11 The Afghan Nightmare and the "Axis of Evil" Chapter 11 12 The New Militarism, Lies and Propaganda, and the High Costs of the Bush Presidency Chapter 13 Conclusion: For Democracy and against Terrorism and Militarism Chapter 14 References