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Great scholarship, astute journalism, unflagging patriotism, and biting honesty,
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This review is from: The United States of Fear (Paperback)
Engelhardt's work, always incisive on military matters -- I almost wrote, "national security," but that would be surrendering to fear -- here extends his analysis beyond the bombs-and-bullets crowd to consider how else the nation's fear of a non-existent boogeyman has warped and twisted the American nation, society, and culture so that they are almost unrecognizable from the pre-Cold War days. "Over a cliff!" Tom warns. Too late. In the four months since the book was published, the US has gone from wrack to ruin. Speculation on gasoline, a quarter of the nation's mortgages "underwater," wildly unfair taxation, the ownership of our politics by whoever coughs up enough millions, vast credit debt, and of course military spending have just about used up our opportunities for change. Now we will bear the bloom of the dragon's teeth planted over the last seven decades. Two hundred years to build a nation, 70 to tear it down. Welcome the Dark Ages. Tom can prepare us, he can't save us. Sigh.