Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

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Henry Holt and Company, Jan 23, 2001 - Political Science - 288 pages
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An explosive account of the resentments American policies are sowing around the world and of the payback that will be our harvest in the twenty-first century.

Blowback, a term invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted consequences of American policies. In this sure-to-be-controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force global economic integration on its own terms. From a case of rape by U.S. servicemen in Okinawa to our role in Asia's financial crisis, from our early support for Saddam Hussein to our actions in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.

In the wake of the Cold War, the United States has imprudently expanded the commitments it made over the previous forty years, argues Johnson. In Blowback, he issues a warning we would do well to consider: it is time for our empire to demobilize before our bills come due.

 

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"Blowback": it's a term coined by the CIA to describe the unforeseen consequences of U.S. foreign policy. Chalmers, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, here takes us from Okinawa to the Balkans. Read full review

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A startling and provocative portrait of American involvement beyond our shores. From the imposition of bases on Japan, to training of secret police in Indonesia. Johnson tells a much needed narrative of the history and consequences of American exceptionalism.

Contents

Title Page
BLOWBACK
ASIAS LAST COLONY
STEALTH IMPERIALISM
LEGACY OF THE COLD
ENDGAME OF THE COLD
THE STATE OF THE REVOLUTION
FOREIGN POLICY HUMAN
JAPAN AND THE ECONOMICS OF
MELTDOWN
THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMPIRE
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NOTES
INDEX
Copyright

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Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is author of the classic MITA and the Japanese Miracle and Japan: Who Governs?

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