Publisher: Owl Books (NY)
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The term "blowback," invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended consequences of American policies. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force global economic integration on its own terms. From a case of rape by U.S. servicemen in Okinawa to our role in Asia's financial crisis, from our early support for Saddam Hussein to our actions in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.
In the wake of the Cold War, the United States has imprudently expanded the commitments it made over the previous forty years, argues Johnson. In Blowback, he issues a warning we would do well to consider: it is time for our empire to demobilize before our bills come due.
I read this back in 2002, mainly because I was against the Iraq war. "Blowback" is a term describing the negative, and sometimes unexpected, consequences of US foreign policies, especially the covert strategic and tactical operations, assassinations, interventions that supposed served the "national interest". Blowback can sometimes occur in gigantic proportions in economic, humanitarian, military ways.
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