Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin

Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin

by Ira Chernus
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Taylor & Francis
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Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin

"This book takes an incisive look at the stories we are told -- and tell ourselves -- about evil forces and American responses. Chernus pushes beyond political rhetoric and media cliches to examine psychological mechanisms that freeze our concepts of the world." Norman Solomon, author, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594512766
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction PART I: Conservative Moralist Stories Chapter 1: Neoconservative Stories: The '60s and the Cold War Chapter 2: Neoconservative Stories: After the Cold War Chapter 3: George W. Bush: The Character Story Chapter 4: George W. Bush: The Faith Story Chapter 5: George W. Bush: The Culture Story Chapter 6: Conservative Moralism: The Quest for Certainty PART II: The War on Terrorism Stories Chapter 7: The Neoconservative Response to 9/11 Chapter 8: George W. Bush's War on Terrorism Story Chapter 9: The Neoconservative War on Terrorism Story Chapter 10: The "Axis of Evil" and the Will of God Chapter 11: The Freedom Story and the National Security Strategy of the United States PART III: The Public Response Chapter 12: Evangelical Christians and the Election of 2004 Chapter 13: The Liberal Internationalists Chapter 14: The Public and the War on Terrorism Conclusion: A Different Story

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