New Mandarins of American Power: The Bush Administration's Plans for the World / Edition 1

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In this timely book, Alex Callinicos explores the real meaning of the Bush Doctrine. He deconstructs the rhetorical justifications of the 'war on terrorism' and analyses the strategy of the Republican neoconservatives who now dominate American foreign policy. Their main aim, he suggests, is less to combat terrorism than to use US military supremacy to intimidate and discipline potential competitors. This is the latest episode, Callinicos argues, in the long history of capitalist imperialism. The neoconservative 'Project for the New American Century' seeks to perpetuate the global domination of US-style neoliberal capitalism; it can only be effectively resisted once this is understood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745632759
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 139.70 (w) x 217.89 (h) x 12.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Callinicos is Professorof Politics at the University of York.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: At War between the Two Rivers 1
1 The Rhetoric of Conquest 8
Between good and evil 8
Terrorism 11
Rogue states and the axis of evil 14
Weapons of mass destruction 18
Democracy 23
Liberal alibis 34
2 The Cultists of Eternal War 42
The Bush Doctrine 42
Bush II: the Republican right take the helm 44
Chronicle of a war foretold 48
3 The Grand Strategy of the American Empire 54
American strategy after the Cold War 54
Exploiting America's military edge 64
America versus Europe 76
4 The Geopolitics of Oil 80
Remaking the Middle East 80
Blood and oil 93
5 Collision of Empires 99
Imperialism and Empire 99
The peculiarities of American imperialism 106
A return to interimperialist rivalries? 119
Catastrophe immanent 127
Epigraph 131
Notes 132
Index 151
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