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Michel Chossudovsky is a known researcher and writer who is easily left of center; his greatest value lies in his presentation of truth in detail, something the neo-conservatives (far right of center) are incapable of doing. Anyone who demeans this author or his work is evidently incapable of understanding that Dick Cheney led the telling of 935 now-documented lies in taking the US to war on Iraq and in Afghanistan.

The book is NOT easy to read, with small print and 70 distinct separately titled pieces, all well-organized but reading like an op-ed book. The author also over-states, in my view the threat of a global nuclear war, while very pragmatically outlining the many ways in which the US and NATO are giving all indications of both tolerating an Israeli attack on Iran, perhaps with an Israeli nuclear bomb into Iran so they can pretend that they destroyed a nuclear facility that was no nuclear at all.

This is not a nuanced book in the sense that the author condemns "the US Government" as a monolyth, rather than the more artful distinction among politicians that have been bought, political appointees that have been gifted a job, senior civil servants confusing loyalty to the chain of command with defense of the Constitution, and then a broad cast of traitors and subversives from neo-conservatives to envangelicals, Pentecostalists, Opus Dei, the Mormons, long-term penetrations of the FBI and DEA and CIA by criminal gangs as well as Wall Street financial families, and so on.

Where I differ from the author is in stoutly maintaining that the US Government as a whole consists of good people trapped in a bad system. Where I agree with the author is in his view that policies, actions, and even crimes are being under-taken in our name and at our expense that no ethical sane community should tolerate.

There will not be a nuclear war. Fukushima, and perhaps Fukushima II (another earthquake with all the fuel rods still vulnerable), are all the nuclear we can handle in the Western Hemisphere. What I do expect is an Israeli attack on Iran after the 2012 elections, regardless of who steals the election that disenfranchises 50% of the US voters, and another four years of indiscirminate actions abroad that further disgrace the Republic while doing nothing tangible to improve national security or national competiveness.

It seems to me, looking at US national security policy making from afar, that the US process consists of a handful of politicals bought and paid for by the Israeli Zionists (not to be confused with honest Jews or the people of Israel) and their Wall Street counter-parts, with a patina of policy people that go through the motions but have no real standing, and a very large military-industrial complex that has renounced strategic thinking in favor of strategic decrepitude (see my review of Clausewitz and Contemporary War and really does not care how many Fallujah uranium babies or mutants, how many veteran suicides, how many veteran amputees, as long as they can keep the money flowing and avoid all accountability.

I have written a short piece, 2012 Reflections on Inspectors General, at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, and it captures my view that the time has come for Inspectors General to return to the intent of George Washington and represent the public in assuring righteous ends, reasonable ways, and affordable means.

Generally speaking, I recommend books by Michael Klare and Ralph Peters to those by this author, but if you are a nuclear bug, or if you want to get into the level of detail that only a highly skilled researcher of the leftist bent will undertake, then I absolutely recommend this book for its detail and its footnotes.

See Also:

The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources
Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict With a New Introduction by the Author
Lines of Fire: A Renegade Writes on Strategy, Intelligence, and Security
Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization
The Complexity of Modern Asymmetric Warfare (International and Security Affairs)
The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025
The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters (New in Paper)

Robert David Steele
INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability
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on July 16, 2014
This author is spot on and many of the critical reviews here have missed the point. Its not just the possibility of nuclear war, yes that point could be argued but the likelihood of a WWIII materializing is extremely high. The fact is like the most valuable review indicates is Chossudovsky has done his home work, follow his links and you discover his work is not just couple of facts based, but hundreds, thousands of public information, governments own publications fact based. It is clear the US is way out of aggressive control, it is clear the US financial system is under huge strain, and that all over this world, peoples rights are being trampled in the guise of protecting us from terrorism. Study the century of wars and one can easily surmise history is repeating itself where world financial powers line up, take sides, allowing war to profit and overhaul broken systems. Clearly the USA will never be able to repay its debts, profits are being privatized, debts are being socialized, pensions are being stolen, the dollar is crumbling, note the massive momentum to exit the petro based dollar. Point is there are only a couple options for the USA economy to compete; wipe out its debt either by mass financial depression / currency devaluation, plummet western salaries/pensions, fake the bank"ruptcies to cover 700trillion in derivative losses and/or by going to war with creditors and competitive adversaries.
Certainly Chossudovsky leans left but his well researched facts are ..... facts.
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on September 29, 2014
For those who want to know more of the reality that exists beyond the controlled western media, this is a good read. I would also recommend Fletcher Prouty, Paul Craig Roberts, William Enghal and Chalmers Johnson. Of course when one opens Pandora's box the contents may not be what you expected and if one does not want to disrupt one's ignorant bliss, I would say these are not for you,
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on January 6, 2015
I have not finished this yet, I'm 50-60% through it.
Very informative in straight forward manner. It basically updates the reader
on policy changes many of us may be unaware of that have occurred incrementally
over the decades, and only partially aware of. I highly recommend this book, because, it makes one aware of
the principals of engagement in the global war Theater in the current age, leaving the
reader with a clearer understanding of the current age, rather than relying on previous knowledge and the assumption of things being the same as they always were.
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on November 13, 2012
This is a book that causes one to think. It is well-researched and startling. That is a good thing for the intellect. And for some reason we are headed in this awful direction without much writing on the subject.
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on April 3, 2015
At 2:30 AM I listened to George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, worldwide.
I was surprised to hear him say, in response to a caller; as a race of humans, "I don't think we're going to make it!"

Well, that probably surprised a few million listeners. But, I find this a common thought. Most people respond, in various ways with, "Don't want to know; don't understand."
Sometimes I think you write to gain adulation from other professors and senior students. I would like to read viable, CLEAR solutions.
Of course, that means taking a chance. I have never regretted doing so. Otherwise, stagnation is the price.
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on October 30, 2015
great product.....as described.
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on November 24, 2015
Insightful bit of history!!
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on July 14, 2014
I'm an historian and I welcome another perspectiveon these critical matters that can effect our world
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on August 17, 2014
Very well reasoned and with documentary support. An eye opener that every American should study.
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