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Rogue state : a guide to the world's only superpower
Blum, William.
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Publication Information:
Monroe, Me. : Common Courage Press, [2000]

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308 pages ; 20 cm

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E840 .B596 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Learn about decades of ubiquitous U.S. cruelty, kept--remarkably--from penetrating or shocking world conscience. Though President Clinton calls America" the world's greatest force for peace, " Blum shows that our rogue state is really a marauding Western brute.

Author Notes

William Blum is an investigative journalist in Washington, DC

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Booklist Review

Freelance journalist Blum explains why not everyone in the world is convinced that U.S. foreign policy is based on freedom, democracy, and the defense of human rights. His first section looks at U.S. support for some terrorists and opposition to others (e.g., funding Afghan terrorists and training torturers at the School of the Americas). A second section considers weapons of mass destruction (e.g., use of depleted uranium and cluster bombs that operate like land mines once they hit the ground). Blum's final section includes the chapters "A Concise History of U.S. Global Interventions, 1945^-Present" and "Eavesdropping on the Planet" plus chapters on CIA involvement in Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, the role of the U.S. in the United Nations, and speculation about why much of the rest of the world buys the U.S.'s altruistic self-description. Blum is often over the top, but the information he provides is a useful counterweight to naive celebrations of our corporate global future. --Mary Carroll

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Ours and Theirs: Washington's Love/Hate Relationship with Terrorists and Human-Rights Violators
1. Why Do Terrorists Keep Picking on the United States?p. 29
2. America's Gift to the World--the Afghan Terrorist Alumnip. 33
3. Assassinationsp. 38
4. Excerpts from US Army and CIA Training Manualsp. 43
5. Torturep. 49
6. The Unsavoriesp. 58
7. Training New Unsavoriesp. 61
8. War Criminals: Theirs and Oursp. 68
9. Haven for Terroristsp. 79
10. Supporting Pol Potp. 87
United States Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction
11. Bombingsp. 92
12. Depleted Uraniump. 96
13. Cluster Bombsp. 100
14. Chemical and Biological Weapons Abroadp. 103
15. Chemical and Biological Weapons at Homep. 113
16. Encouraging the Use of CBW by Other Nationsp. 120
A Rogue State versus the World
17. A Concise History of US Global Interventions, 1945-Presentp. 125
18. Perverting Electionsp. 168
19. Trojan Horse: The National Endowment for Democracyp. 179
20. The US versus the World at the United Nationsp. 184
21. Eavesdropping on the Planetp. 200
22. Kidnapping and Lootingp. 210
23. How the CIA Sent Nelson Mandela to Prison for 28 Yearsp. 215
24. The CIA and Drugs: Just Say "Why Not?"p. 218
25. Being the World's Only Superpower Means Never Having to Say You're Sorryp. 227
26. The US Invades, Bombs and Kills for It...but Do Americans Really Believe in Free Enterprise?p. 236
27. A Day in the Life of a Free Country...or...How Does the United States Get Away with It?p. 243
Notesp. 274
Indexp. 305
About the Authorp. 311