- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060846879
- ISBN-13: 978-0060846879
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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About the Author
Antonia Juhasz is a leading oil industry, international trade, and finance policy expert. She is the author of The Bush Agenda. A frequent media commentator, Juhasz's writing has been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She is a director at Global Exchange in San Francisco, California.
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"Free trade" means "economic policies to expand rights of multinational companies and investors.to operate in more locations with fewer regulation and less commitment. This will amass great wealth which will filter (trickle) down." Called by critics "corporate globalization."
This was a new strain of imperialism derived and concocted from the think tanks and planning committees of neo-cons like Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, DIck Cheney, etc., and their friends at the Defense Policy Board, Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, and the Project for the New American Century. After the Iraqi economy and infrastructure were destroyed by a preemptive military invasion, multi-national corporations and defense contractors like Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel, etc. move in and rebuild the war-torn economy and infrastructure. The U.S. government grants the contracts, the multi-nationals reap the profits as they are paid by U.S. taxpayers - a neat little package that redistributes wealth from middle class U.S. taxpayers to multi-national corporations.
Before the invasion, Iraq had a constitution much like the U.S. Constitution, which included freedom of religion, expression, and association and a guarantee of equality before the law for all citizens without discrimination because of sex, blood, language, social origin or religion. And Iraq, despite the dictatorship of Hussein, had the highest percentage of college-educated citizens in the Middle East with above average overall literacy rates, and fared much better demographically than most developing nations of the world. (Page 198, 199) But with the U.S. occupation, all that changed, as the nation was plunged into a religious civil war between Sunnis and Shiites, with the Bush Administration aligning with the Shiites. This destabilization of the Iraqi economy and society ultimately led to the rise of ISIS - a faction of Sunnis using terrorism to fight the Shiites and U.S. occupation forces.. The end result has been a furtherance of terrorism in the entire Middle East - a direct result of the flaws, failures, and immorality of the Bush Agenda.
A product of this corporate free trade globalization has not only eroded sovereignty for Iraq, but other nations, including the U.S. "Since its creation, the WTO has ruled that every environmental, health, or public safety policy it has reviewed, except one, is illegal and must be eliminated or changed. While developing country laws have been hit the hardest, U.S. laws designed to protect health and environmental standards have also fallen by the wayside. Both the U.S. Clean Air Act and the U.S. Endangered Species Act have been weakened as a result of WTO rulings." (Pg. 221)
These so-called free-trade agreements are now preventing countries from addressing issues like global warming.
In short, the invasion and occupation of Iraq works basically as a corporate welfare scheme to transfer U.S. Treasury revenue to multi-national corporations, thereby driving up federal deficits and national debt. The Bush Agenda is essentially criminal and this will become clear to anyone who reads and understands the book. A very alarming trend in American foreign and economic policy, the Bush Agenda is still operative and is costing U.S. taxpayers trillions. This book is highly recommended for understanding not only what went wrong in Iraq, but the spoils system and level of corruption imparted by the crony capitalism ingrained within The Bush Agenda.
If you want to understand the real agenda of the Bush administration, this is the book with the explanations!
The author details how Bush & Co. took advantage of 9/11-
"It was pure imperial ambition, which the advocates of the Bush Agenda had been waiting for decades to implement." From page 19.
The foreign policy was a specific unification of military and corporate globalization to forge a weapon of empire.
It's not difficult to see who benefits from the Bush Agenda. Look at Bush and Co. and where they were employed before 2000 for a start.
The Bush Agenda has three pillars; oil, war, and building the infrastructure for corporate globalization.
On page 183 Ms. Juhasz observes of the Bush & Co.
"The corporations, the neoconservatives, and the George W. Bush administration are three interlocking groups with fluid demarcations."
She shows many examples of war profiteering. Halliburton's dubious record of fraud is a prime case.
Ms. Juhazs shares a very popular opinion of the Bush reign- it was a failure for everyone except the people who drafted it, the multinational corporations and the executives.
This is one of the best books I have read on this subject. I highly recommend it!
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