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The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time Paperback – Bargain Price, May 8, 2007
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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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Anyone who takes the least notice of the contents of this incisive analysis can never again claim at the bottom line that we went into Iraq with any other than pure and simple profit motive (U.S. corporate profit, that is). None can again claim, in the face of the array of facts and dot-connections which Ms Juhasz has so diligently marshalled, that this war has any sort of ideological basis - other than a skewed neo-con vision of slave state capitalism - or that real concern for the "safety of the average American" was ever at its heart. What we are speaking of here is the flow of money - and Ms Juhasz has doggedly followed the money and mapped its flow. Herein, is the perspective from which future historians will adjudicate the moral justifications for this pre-emptive war. Never has the old platitude "The business of America is business" appeared as bald and as grisly in the face of the naked black and white. The must read book of the season.
To quote Democracy Now! publication: "The book tracks the radical neo-liberal economic program the Bush administration has tried to impose on Iraq, which threatens to leave Iraq's economy and oil reserves largely in the hands of multinational corporations. It's an agenda, the book says, that the Bush administration is trying to bring to all corners of the globe."
I'm not completely certain of Anotinia Juhasz' argument. She has a philosophic leaning against Globalization as we know it, and meanwhile Bush seems to have been too random a President; too knee-jerk, too reactive, for this thesis to hold consistent weight. I'm not convinced that a president who scarcely had a view of foreign policy prior to entering the White House, should suddenly have developed a plan so sophisticated as we see in this book.
Between Rumsfeld, Bremer and the team however, there have been some huge dollars made from the War in Iraq. To cite the author in the LA Times:
"Although the military campaign is in chaos, the economic campaign is moving along quite nicely, at least for U.S. corporations and the Republican Party.
Halliburton, far and away the largest recipient of Iraq reconstruction dollars with about $18 billion in contracts, has seen revenues increase by 80% in the first quarter of 2004 compared with the same quarter of 2003, according to the Financial Times.Read more ›
Also, knowing that Ms. Juhasz is young and will be producing these sorts of critiques in the future is very heartening. She has created an analytical framework that will be useful for years to come. Hopefully she will keep churning out wrecking ball analyses like this one.
IMF/World Bank loans have been used to force privatization of utilities, trade liberalization, "user fees" (eg. for health care, education, water, etc.), restricting local government ability to control prices and interest rates, and elimination of agricultural subsidies. The outcome, however, has been less than wonderful.
In 1970, when IMF and World Bank loans began in Zambia, life expectancy was 49.7 years - in '01 it was 33.4 (lowest in the world). In Russia's case, IMF rules led to a 50% reduction in average income within four years, and output decline of over 40% from '92-'98, and poverty rates soared from 2% to almost 50%. Argentina privatized, then saw the value of its currency rise -> uncompetitive exports, mass layoffs, and loss of health coverage.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the U.S. lost 3 million manufacturing jobs during NAFTA; meanwhile cheap, heavily subsidized U.S. agriculture flooded Mexico. NAFTA also stopped guaranteed land rights to indigenous people. Bottom Line: 1.5 million people were forced off their land and out of work, and the average real wages in Mexican manufacturing is now lower than pre-NAFTA.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very well written, researched, and documented - full of facts, names, figures, places, events, actions, statistics, policies, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russell Ferrell
Excellent source for the details surrounding the abysmal post-war record in Iraq. Just remembering the gross malfeasance of the CAP led by Paul Bremer brings the horror back.Published on May 30, 2014 by Anonymous
Very well researched and written by an inside player. Brings to light the behind the scenes programs and policies affecting the global economy, at home and abroad. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by william c zarzecki
The players include both Bushes, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Scooter Libby. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Rod
Antonia Juhasz has done her research well and produced a book that every concerned citizen should read. Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by J.L. Populist
An awaited, thorough, high-quality research that's also not drowned in facts and figures and long, academic sentences.
"Once you've got Baghdad it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that's currently there. Read morePublished on May 23, 2007 by Hiram Chance
Bush agenda is absolutely essential to understanding the unfolding story in the Middle East. Turning each page was like opening a new door of insight.Published on May 11, 2007 by K. Mahoney
Antonia Juhasz has assembled expertly the pieces of the puzzle. Readers of "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time" will have it all put together by the time... Read morePublished on May 7, 2007 by Richard K. Heacock, Jr.