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Before & after : US foreign policy and the war on terrorism
Bennis, Phyllis, 1951-
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New York : Olive Branch Press, 2003.
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xvii, 246 pages ; 23 cm
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Deeply critical of American foreign policy in general and the Bush administration in particular, Bennis (Institute for Policy Studies) surveys the impact of U.S. militarism and neocolonialism on the Middle East and explains the origins and motivations of current pushes towards war. Much of her attention is spent on the numerous countries that impact and are impacted by the "War on Terrorism," leading to a more sophisticated analysis than works that simply view current events through the lens of a so-called "clash of civilizations." She suggests that current policies will create a singularly more dangerous world and calls upon Americans to push for an end to policies of empire. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies

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Bennis has written a critical analysis of the Bush administration's foreign policy in general and in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The analytical perspective is clear throughout: the work can be seen as a representative sample of a left-leaning evaluation of the administration's motivations and strategic goals. Every aspect of Bush policy is found wanting in the eyes of Bennis. The author asks what has changed about US foreign policy since 9/11 and what has not. Bennis feels that the administration's unilateral tendencies and its desire to create an American empire predate al-Qaeda's attacks but have been accelerated by them. To the author, the terrorist attacks were crimes, not the opening battles in a global war on terrorism; the Bush administration used these attacks to gain justification for an expansionist and hegemonic foreign policy. In particular, frequent criticism of Israel, references to the US as a rogue state, and attempts to link the terrorist attacks of September 11 to US policy toward Latin America reveal as much about the author's politics as it does about the policies of the Bush administration. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduates. W. W. Newmann Virginia Commonwealth University

Table of Contents

Noam Chomsky
Forewordp. vi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Before: The Bush Administration Steps into the Worldp. 1
Long Before: The US in the Middle Eastp. 21
The Response: The Empire Strikes Backp. 82
Moving Toward War: A Coalition of Coercionp. 106
The Battle is Joined: And the World Stands Silentp. 137
Expansion: The Axis of Evil and Beyondp. 163
After: The Dangers, the Alternatives, the Possibilitiesp. 217
Notesp. 228
Indexp. 239