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Rogue State: America at War with the World Paperback – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; 1ST edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560255625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560255628
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,931,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veteran journalist Allman scores the Bush administration's ideology and actions in this fierce critique of its actions these past four years. Allman (Unmanifest Destiny; Miami: City of the Future) begins by analyzing what he calls Bush's "hijacking" of the 2000 presidential election. For Allman, the case is clear: Nixon-appointed Chief Justice William Rehnquist disregarded democracy and acted in blatantly partisan ways to bring about Bush's presidential victory. He goes on to sneer at what he sees as the perversity of Bush's choice of Dick Cheney as vice-president, "a crafty henchman," cataloguing Cheney's "acquisition of unelected power and money" and his incompetence in his current post. Allman anatomizes the character of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld axis in terms that are simplistic but that some will find persuasive, and similarly delineates the ideological leanings of Cheney's cohorts Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle. No one in the administration escapes Allman's scorn: he characterizes Condoleezza Rice as a mediocre dolt and even the more moderate Colin Powell as marginalized and untrustworthy. Allman goes on to accuse Bush of introducing divisive "wedge issues" and of alienating the rest of the world in his pursuit of American global dominance. Like many on the left, Allman paints a picture of a Bush administration lacking in reason and foresight but full of arrogance. Other culprits in this global farce (or tragedy, Allman quips) are "Bush's poodle," Tony Blair, gas-guzzling SUV-driving Americans, the accident-prone Humvee and the American media. While at times it crosses the line into stridency, Allman's tome will appeal to the ever-increasing market for readable, if highly rhetorical, anti-Bush rants.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RET on August 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Veteran journalist T. D. Allman attacks the Bush administration's ideology, actions, and very legitimacy in this fierce critique of its first term. While a powerful and passionate work, it has its failings and ultimately fails to impress.

"Rogue State" begins by analyzing what Bush's "theft" of the 2000 presidential election. For Allman, the case is clear: the Nixon-appointed Chief Justice, political hack and noted racist William Rehnquist disregarded democracy and acted in blatantly partisan ways to bring about Bush's presidential victory. However, the case really is not so clear, and while Allman scores well on certain points, he also stumbles badly on others. For example, when discussing the 1876 election, he focuses entirely on the partisan line vote (and tie-breaking vote of the Chief Justice of that time) of the Congressional-appointed Electoral Commission. He completely omits that this election took place in the midst of Reconstruction. Historically, comparing 1876 to 2000 is like comparing apples and oranges, and in trying to make the 2000 election seem like a clear-cut theft with historical parallels, he only misleads his readers and insults those of us who might be better educated about American history than he supposes we might be. He also makes much of the supposed unconstitutionality of the Bush-Cheney ticket (the Constitution forbids both electors to vote for two candidates from the same state). However, I would place the blame for allowing this to fly on cowardly Democrats making only a token effort at blocking Cheney's candidacy through the courts. In fact, they could have raised this issue again in 2004, but did not. In our system, it is up to the political opposition to make things like that stick.
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24 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2004
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If you have been looking for a book that thoroughly investigates the actions of the Bush-Cheney administration, this is it.
I laughed and learned a lot from this book.
The main thing I learned is that we need a new president -- and soon!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Nava on November 13, 2008
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T.D. Allman, author of MIAMI, takes on the Bush II's beligerant, disastrous and counter-productive foreign policies in ROGUE STATE. But it is not merely a critique of said policies, but also provides the political b.g. of the major roques in the Administration. How many pundits and right-wing radio hosts and other Bush apologists do you know that Cheney and Rummy engineered the ouster of "Sideshow" and Defense Secretary Schlesinger in October 1975? (Those old enough to remember would rather forget.) There are numerous gems of this sort in the book. That said, the book is also repetitive and frankly, overlong.

Two things worthy of note. One is the liberal penchant, oddly similar to the conservative, of analyzing and criticizing a public figure's character when they happen to belong to the other side of the aisle. In this case, W. But with all the liberal hand-wringing over conservatives being "judgmental," (remember Clinton-Lewisnky?) I am certainly surprised by some of Allman's writings on the president. W a dry alcoholic? (Maybe so.) The second note worthy of mention, is the uniquely American pathological fixation on "elbow-room." Allman mentions it only in passing, but I am glad other observers have noted this serious flaw in the American character which is the cause of much alienation and paranoia in our society. In the end, if you can brush aside Allman's editorializing, his repetetiveness about Bush II, and lack of source material (dates, titles, authors, page numbers, etc.) this book is worth reading.
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