By Saul Landau
Saul Landau is an the world over identified student, writer, journalist, poet and activist. An Emmy-award-winning movie maker, he does common radio and television indicates, and his paintings on human rights and Latin the USA have gained him acclaim internationally. This, his most recent booklet, is a scathing account of George W. Bush's international prior to and after the 11th of September terrorist assaults that would entice somebody who's dissatisfied with the cynicism of Bush's govt, and the blatant imperialism U.S. overseas coverage -- or those that simply are looking to know about what is occurring in US politics. Landau covers the topical and arguable matters -- from terrorism and US overseas coverage to Bush's wondrous election victory; from Enron, Chile and Pinochet to Cuba, the center East, the IMF, the surroundings and sexual and cultural politics. He delves into the erosion of civil liberties and the proliferation of empire below the guise of pre-empting the scourge of terrorism. Landau unearths how Bush protects "his" terrorists -- those that perpetrate violence opposed to Castro’s Cuba, and to whom he owes his presidency. He additionally examines how Bush has appointed former officers to excessive point posts in his cupboard regardless of their club in a conspiracy to promote guns of mass destruction to Iran within the Eighties. In "declassifying" Bush’s Empire, Landau dissects a post-9/11 global the place deference to patriotism obliterates debate in Congress and the media. How can the concept of empire fortunately co-exist with the proposal of a republic? In instances like those, as dissenting voices are stifled and the general public are denied entry to the proof approximately their very own protection, Landau indicates how democracy itself is below chance. He asks even if the already fragile international economic system can live to tell the tale within the new "security" tradition of the post-9/11 global. this can be an wonderful learn from certainly one of America's most efficient cultural and political commentators. principally, Landau makes a resounding case for the need of activism -- the e-book is not just humorous yet is additionally a ringing demand voters to take part in making their very own historical past.
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Landau 01 chaps 23/7/03 16:27 Page 27 The Empire Strikes Back 27 enjoyment by US citizens of their rights and liberties played no part in impeding the Bureau from discovering Al-Qaeda plots. Worse, after 9/11, FBI big shots demoted Colleen Rowley, a supervisor of the Minneapolis office, for writing a clear and cogent memo to her boss following the attacks. 20 But Mueller and his cronies still use J. Edgar Hoover’s tried and true formula: outraged denial as a means to cover your ass. Hey, what should a woman agent expect when she criticizes a Bureau directed by 100 per cent macho men?
It also coincides with Abrams stated belief that Israel and the United States will benefit from tighter connections with the far right fundamentalist Christians who want Israel to prevail and occupy all of Palestine and US policy. Former retired admiral and national security adviser to Reagan John Poindexter was convicted of five felonies involving conspiracy, obstruction of Congress, and making false statements. The judge gave him six months in prison, but an appellate court reversed the sentence because Congress had previously granted him immunity.
Blacks just didn’t vote in the number needed for Democratic victories. In the South, traditionally staunch Democrats yawned over the nonmessages flowing from the mouths of their party’s candidates. 13,000 fewer voters than four years ago turned out in the Georgia County with the largest number of black voters. Unlike black voters, Latinos actually found some attractive qualities in Republican candidates, especially those who learned or already knew some Spanish. The Republican National Committee reported that more than 33 per cent of Latino voters went for the Governor of Texas Rick Perry, a man who epitomized the worst of corporate values.
The Pre-Emptive Empire: A Guide to Bush's Kingdom by Saul Landau