Imperial Overstretch: George W. Bush and the Hubris of Empire / Edition 1

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Burbach and Tarbell argue that George W. Bush has fundamentally changed America's place in the world—for the worse. Hijacked by neoconservatives and the petro-military complex, the nation that once broke from an empire is swiftly becoming an empire itself. Fed by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; a never-ending fear of terrorism; mushrooming defense expenditures; and the slow but steady erosion of civil liberties on the home front, is this empire in danger of becoming too large to survive? What are the costs—in lives at home and abroad—of failure? Who is driving these policies? And—most important of all—can Americans change direction and restore America's reputation in the world as the shining "city on the hill"?

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"Imperial Overstretch is a brilliantly argued narrative of the past, present and future of the American global imperial project. Indispensable reading!"-author of Declining World Order: America's Imperial Geopolitics

"Roger Burbach and Jim Tarbell provide us with indispensable insights into why, for all its bluster and armed might, the American empire has feet of clay. Provocative and comprehensive, this book is must reading for the global resistance movement."-Walden Bello, 2003 Recipient, Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize)

"A brilliant expose of savage greed and imperial hubris masquerading as the United States of America."-Mike Davis, University of California at Irvine

"Imperial Overstretch is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand the underlying motives for the US invasion of Iraq. Placing the Iraqi occupation in the context of the administration's imperial design, the authors highlight the fatal flaws in its' destructive drive for global domination."-Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Petroleum Dependency

"Imperial Overstretch is a sweeping view of the history of US empire, the economic and military underpinnings of this empire, and the rise of the petro-military complex under the Bush administration. It is essential reading for those wishing to understand the rise of the neo-cons, the political birthing of George Bush and the imperial hijacking of September 11. But most of all, Imperial Overstretch is an urgent call to the American public to join the global movement against corporate and military domination, to jointly slay the imperial beast that is a menace to us at home and abroad."—Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and the women's peace group CodePink

"As at time when American imperialism is in a particularly brutal and violent phase, this book 0is essential reading."-David Barsamian, Alternative Radio, and co-author with Arundhati Roy of The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile and with Noam Chomsky of Propaganda and the Public Mind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842774960
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Burbach is Director of Research and Publication at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA) in Berkeley, California. Jim Tarbell is a freelance writer and broadcaster based in California.

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Table of Contents

• Bush and the Costs of the New American Imperium
• Empire as a Way of Life
• The US in the Age of Globalization
• Neo-Conservatives and the Petro-Military Complex
• The Politics of Fear: Bush Hijacks September 11
• The Doctrine of Pre-emptive War and the Iraqi Debacle
• Imperial Overstretch: An American Exit?
• Bibliography
• Index

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