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Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (American Empire Project)
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In seven relentless chapters --
1. "Militarism and the Breakdown of Constitutional Government
2. Comparative Imperial Pathologies: Rome, Britain, and American
3. Central Intelligence Agency: The President's Private Army
4. US Military Bases in Other People's Countries
5. How American Imperialism Actually Works: The SOFA in Japan
6. Space: The Ultimate Imperialist Project
7. The Crisis of the American Republic
-- Johnson presents fact after fact to support his unswerving thesis that the United States government is empire building in an aggressive, Ugly American way; and that we Americans cannot sustain both a viable republic at home and a world hegemony. The two are incompatible.
Chapter 2's discussion alone is worth the price of NEMESIS. Johnson recounts the Roman slide from republic to tyranny which America is currently following. Then he contends that Britain's divestiture of its empire preserved its domestic democratic institutions, and states that for the USA, "the choice is between the Roman and British precedents."
Then the focus turns to topics that drive home the USA's far-flung web of control and the immense power it wields globally.Read more ›
Many have accused Bush II of violating international treaties - Johnson, however, is the first that I know of to make the point that our Constitution (Article 6) makes all Treaties made under authorization of the U.S. to be the supreme Law of the Land." Thus, much of Bush's international actions are not only objectionable on moral and practical grounds - they are illegal as well.
As for why few of the world's billion+ Muslims like the U.S. - estimates range from 500,000 to 1 million Iraqi children killed as an outgrowth of U.S. sanctions. Johnson also goes on to document U.S. blocking contracts to improve Iraqi water and other utilities just prior to our invasion. Then there are the matters of torture and secret renditions. (How do these acts reduce terrorism?)
The situation in the U.S. has gone downhill as well - Bush II's administration ignoring/violating the Freedom of Information Act, questionable wire-tapping, letter-opening, Internet surveillance, etc.
What is the dollar cost of these misadventures?Read more ›
Every citizen should read the last chapter before investing, making long term plans, or evaluating this `MBA war President'.
Whether one totally `buys into' the argument (well made) that the Republic is about gone because of an irresponsible Congress bypassed by the Military Industrial Complex (a Republican's term you remember) and rotten pervasive dominance of those interests, it should be carefully evaluated not dismissed by name calling as some reviewers have done.
No President as asserted so many excess powers via extreme secrecy, curtailing civil rights, creative legal fatwas, signing statements, making himself "the decider" snubbing Congress. And has any other claimed to talk to God? American arrogance compounded by megalomania - my conclusion not Johnson's.
Johnson is not a Pacifist, but he makes a strong case that realistic American interests could be supported with perhaps 40 bases rather than 740 that pollute relations in countries where they are placed. (His detailed experience with Japan and Okinawa is more than I'd care to know but one example.)
Long ago one President suggested that the US could lead by example or by asserting power and that the later approach would undermine the former as our own Republic and democracy was destroyed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OUTSTANDING BOOK - GIVES A DIFFERENT VIEW OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN FOREIGN POLICYPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Chalmers Johnson is a gifted author with impeccable credentials . His books are very well footnoted and contain multiple confirmations of
verifiable facts. Read more
When and if we make it to a civilized culture Chalmers Johnson Will be remembered as one of the good guys.Published 9 months ago by James
It makes sense in the overall sense but the point is too small and to a degree even obvious to fill such a large book just proving it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by NJ
Chalmers is brilliant at illuminating present day challenges in the light of past history. Here he does this country a huge service by enlightening us to the present danger of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Book has Interesting nuggets of information about the dark side of the American empire. The author does have a noticeable bias against Republicans. Read morePublished 15 months ago by david's wife...
This book should be required reading for all Americans. It's not quite as gripping as Blowback, but it is immensely well researched and utterly compelling.Published 18 months ago by Scott E. Hendrix
Nemesis is an intelligent, comprehensive account of America's post WWII pursuit of empire, with all the problems, perhaps fatal ones, that that entails for our democracy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Snowgoose