One of the most important stories that's rarely in the newspapers is the foreign sales activities of American defense contractors. But an important issue it is, as illustrated by this book. Spoils of War
focuses on the overseas marketing of helicopters to Turkey, which results in nice profits for Sikorsky, but has awful consequences for the Kurdish refugees they're used against. John Tirman, active in left-wing think-tank and publishing circles, makes the case that the main result of U.S. arms makers' market-making for weapons that the Pentagon doesn't want is a Third World human rights fiasco--one that, despite the company line, doesn't really help state and local economies.
From Library Journal
In this engaging and challenging look at the disastrous consequences of America's seemingly unmitigated appetite for arms sales abroad, Tirman, executive director of the Winston Foundation for World Peace, examines the nature of America's militarized economy and society and evaluates the impact of military sales on such faraway places as the Persian Gulf and Kurdish villages in Turkey. The author paints a disturbing portrait of government officials, including many so-called liberal Democrats, who pay lip service to the promotion of democracy and human rights while supporting policies diametrically opposed to such ideals. Tirman challenges the United States to change its role as the world's policeman and the largest arms dealer by undertaking a morally responsible road in its foreign policy. A welcome addition to the critical literature on U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War era; highly recommended for public and academic libraries.?Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, Ala.
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