With information such as this available in the public realm, Blum asks, how does the United States get away with it?
A major reason, he concludes, is the world's long-running love affair with the mystique of America, the world's adoration of what it believes to be the relentless devotion to the cause of freedom and human rights that is America. This adoration has not been of immaculate conception but stems, rather, from the United States as the inventor and perfecter of modern advertising and public relations. The United States is the world's only information superpower and, according to Samuel Huntington in the journal Foreign Affairs, the United States is a rogue superpower, at that.
Blum also theorizes about why this cruelty is so inherent in U.S. foreign policy. He relates it to the Peter Principle: ...in a foreign policy establishment committed to imperialist domination by any means necessary, employees tend to rise to the level of cruelty they can live with.
In Rogue State, learn about decades of ubiquitous U.S. cruelty, kept remarkably from penetrating world consciousness or shocking world conscience. Though President Clinton calls America the world's greatest force for peace, William Blum shows that our Rogue State is really a marauding Western brute....Continua