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Rogue State, 3rd Edition: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower / Edition 3
     

Rogue State, 3rd Edition: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower / Edition 3

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by William Blum
 

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ISBN-10: 1567513743

ISBN-13: 9781567513745

Pub. Date: 10/01/2005

Publisher: Common Courage Press

“Bravo! A vivid, well-aimed critique of the evils of US global interventionism, a superb antidote to officialdom’s lies and propaganda.”—Michael Parenti

Rogue State forcibly reminds us of Vice President Agnew’s immortal line, ‘The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the

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“Bravo! A vivid, well-aimed critique of the evils of US global interventionism, a superb antidote to officialdom’s lies and propaganda.”—Michael Parenti

Rogue State forcibly reminds us of Vice President Agnew’s immortal line, ‘The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country.’”—Gore Vidal

“Bill Blum came by his book title easily: He simply tested America by the same standards we use to judge other countries. The result is a bill of wrongs—an especially well-documented encyclopedia of malfeasance, mendacity and mayhem that has been hypocritically carried out in the name of democracy by those whose only true love was power.”—Sam Smith

William Blum’s latest book is Freeing the World To Death: Essays on the American Empire.

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ISBN-13:
9781567513745
Publisher:
Common Courage Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
392,756
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ours and Theirs: Washington's Love/Hate Relationship with Terrorists and Human-Rights Violators
1.Why Do Terrorists Keep Picking on the United States?29
2.America's Gift to the World--the Afghan Terrorist Alumni33
3.Assassinations38
4.Excerpts from US Army and CIA Training Manuals43
5.Torture49
6.The Unsavories58
7.Training New Unsavories61
8.War Criminals: Theirs and Ours68
9.Haven for Terrorists79
10.Supporting Pol Pot87
United States Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction
11.Bombings92
12.Depleted Uranium96
13.Cluster Bombs100
14.Chemical and Biological Weapons Abroad103
15.Chemical and Biological Weapons at Home113
16.Encouraging the Use of CBW by Other Nations120
A Rogue State versus the World
17.A Concise History of US Global Interventions, 1945-Present125
18.Perverting Elections168
19.Trojan Horse: The National Endowment for Democracy179
20.The US versus the World at the United Nations184
21.Eavesdropping on the Planet200
22.Kidnapping and Looting210
23.How the CIA Sent Nelson Mandela to Prison for 28 Years215
24.The CIA and Drugs: Just Say "Why Not?"218
25.Being the World's Only Superpower Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry227
26.The US Invades, Bombs and Kills for It...but Do Americans Really Believe in Free Enterprise?236
27.A Day in the Life of a Free Country...or...How Does the United States Get Away with It?243
Notes274
Index305
About the Author311

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Rogue State, 3rd Edition: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This is an indispensable guide to the domestic and foreign policies of the US state. In Part I, Blum analyses the US state¿s use of terrorists, particularly those who fought in Afghanistan, and its use of mass murderers like Pol Pot. In Part II, he analyses the US uses of weapons of mass destruction ¿ bombing, depleted uranium, cluster bombs, chemical and biological weapons. In Part III, he analyses the US role in the world, its relationships with democracy and elections. He looks at the notion that 9/11 is explicable only in terms of evil. He cites the Pentagon¿s own Defense Science Board, which quoted, and contradicted, Bush when it said, ¿Muslims do not `hate our freedom¿, but rather they hate our policies.¿ He writes, ¿This idée fixe ¿ that the rise of anti-American terrorism owes nothing to American policies ¿ in effect postulates an America that is always the aggrieved innocent in a treacherous world, a benign United States government peacefully going about its business but being `provoked¿ into taking extreme measures to defend its people, its freedom and its democracy.¿ He writes, ¿Throughout the period of the Cuban revolution, 1959 to the present, Latin America has witnessed a terrible parade of human rights violations - systematic, routine torture legions of `disappeared¿ people government-supported death squads picking off selected individuals massacres en masse of peasants, students and other groups, shot down in cold blood. The worst perpetrators of these acts during this period have been the military and associated paramilitary squads of El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay, Haiti and Honduras. Not even Cuba¿s worst enemies have made serious charges against the Castro government for any of these violations ¿¿ Now the US state is encouraging Florida-based Cuban anti-communist terrorists to help Venezuelan fascist to overthrow President Chavez. Blum concludes that, to the US state, ¿¿democracy¿, at best, or at most, is equated solely with elections and civil liberties. Neither jobs, food or shelter, nor education or health care are part of the equation. Thus, a nation with hordes of hungry, homeless, untended sick, barely literate, unemployed, and/or tortured people, whose loved ones are being disappeared and/or murdered with state connivance, can be said to be living in a `democracy¿ ¿ provided that every two years or four years they have the right to go to a designated place and put an X next to the name of one or another individual who promises to relieve their miserable condition, but who will, typically, do virtually nothing of the kind ¿¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book blows the lid off the fantasy that America is innocent and pure in the world of terrorism. It seems America had its dirty fingers in state sponsored terrorism around the globe for decades. This is a must read for all citizens of the world, especially historians. The truth is certainly hard to hear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author addresses global hatred for America. Ever juxtapose the world's hatred for America against its tolerance, pacifism, protection, justification and apologetics for Iraq, Cuba, North Korea, Iran? Ever wonder why? An important irony that needs better investigation since it is integral to any honest, unbiased hypothesis dealing with America's global image.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Blum invites those readers who would otherwise take biased-media and politician word as absolute truth, to think about the greed, imperialism and downright arrogance that might exist in US foreign affairs and doctrine. As an honorably discharged US vet, I'm even more proud to have served in conflict just prior, as opposed to serving at this time of such controversy. It's funny how imperialists are so obsessive and paranoid over instigating wars around the world in cultures different from our own, yet have never even fought in one. It almost makes you wonder if warlords view people around the world as sub-humans, without need of diplomacy, dignity and self-expression. May God have mercy on humanity. This is fine reading.