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The United States of Fear Paperback – December 13, 2011
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Some of the topics covered by the author include terrorism vs. food poisoning in terms of the threat presented to Americans; Raymond Davis; and the author's education about the world through viewing foreign films while growing up in Manhattan in the 1950's. A recurrent subject in the book is the misleading or facial nature of the "deadlines" civilian and military officials give for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The exorbitant costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan military ventures are another prominent theme. For example, he focuses heavily on the mega-embassies/regional command centers/cities within cities that we have built or are building in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Englehardt quotes a National Priorities Project study which found that the $790 million price tag for the new embassy and consular facilities in Afghanistan could have provided jobs for 22,000 teachers, 15,000 healthcare workers and 13,000 clean energy workers in the US. Other exorbitant costs noted by the author include several tens of billions of dollars in unsuccessful programs to train Afghan military and police and $773,000 to remodel a cinder block building to house a KFC/Taco Bell for our soldiers in Guantanamo Bay. The Gitmo torture camp, of course, is still open though Obama promised to close it.
The American method of fighting the "War on Terror" receives coverage in this book. He discusses examples of civilian casualties from the American war in Afghanistan (along with a few in Iraq).Read more ›
I wish it wasn't so. This type of aggressive empire building is part of our history.
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Good insights into how the US government led by the neocons under Reagan, Clinton, and both Bushes and Obama have been turning the country into something that closely resembles the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Winter
This is a great eye-opening book about the U.S's fearful attitude toward the whole world written by a well informed but regular guy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patty Miller
An anti- George Bush, anti- American tirade. I give this book two stars just because its well written and can be thought- provoking. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SuperGlide
Well written; good read. Very enlightening, but also pretty heavily biased toward the left. However, if you are comfortable sifting through the bias, there is some really great... Read morePublished 14 months ago by katy
Engelhardt has written an incisive and penetrating book on the military-industrial-governmental complex that has dominated American foreign policy since the fall of the Soviet... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gernie Doetsch
An invaluable book at what has happened to our country since 9/11...I hope you all have the guts to read it. Then add TomDispatch. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lois C. Hamilton
The book is well worth reading; however the content suffers from the absence of editing.
Several sentences were pure nonsense. References to a topic preceded the topic itself. Read more