Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin

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In his new book Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin, Ira Chernus tackles the question of why U.S. foreign policy, aimed at building national security, has the paradoxical effect of making the country less safe and secure. His answer: The “war on terror” is based not on realistic appraisals of the causes of conflict, but rather on “stories” that neoconservative policymakers tell about human nature and a world divided between absolute good and absolute evil. The root of the stories is these policymakers’ terror of the social and cultural changes that swept through U.S. society in the 1960s. George W. Bush and the neoconservatives cast the agents of change not simply as political opponents, but as enemies or sinners acting with evil intent to destroy U.S. values and morals—that is, as “monsters” rather than human beings. The war on terror transfers that plot from a domestic to a foreign stage, making it more appealing even to those who reject the neoconservative agenda at home. Because it does not deal with the real causes of global conflict, it harms rather than helps the goal of greater national security.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594512766
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira Chernus is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also served as Codirector of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. He is the author of several books on American culture and national security policy during the Cold War era

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Conservative moralist stories
1 Neoconservative stories : the '60s and the Cold War 17
2 Neoconservative stories : after the Cold War 39
3 George W. Bush : the character story 61
4 George W. Bush : the faith story 69
5 George W. Bush : the culture story 85
6 Conservative moralism : the quest for certainty 95
Pt. II The war on terrorism stories
7 The neoconservative response to 9/11 115
8 George W. Bush's war on terrorism story 121
9 The neoconservative war on terrorism story 143
10 The "axis of evil" and the will of God 151
11 The freedom story and the national security strategy of the United States 163
Pt. III The public response
12 Evangelical Christians and the election of 2004 185
13 The liberal internationalists 195
14 The public and the war on terrorism 205
Conclusion : a different story 217
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