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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Killing Hope for showing us
that the United States is not a force for democracy.
It is a force for securing world domination to
insure economic wealth for our corporations.
Providing for democracy is a cover-up and simply a farce!

Killing Hope
US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

Killing Hope by William Blum (2003) - 457 pages
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Is the United States a Force for Democracy?

From China in the 1940s to Guatemala today, William Blum provides the most comprehensive study of the ongoing American holocaust.

Is the United States a Force for Democracy? From China in the 1940s to Guatemala today, William Blum provides the most comprehensive study of the ongoing American holocaust. Covering U.S. intervention in more than 50 countries, Killing Hope describes the grim role played by the U.S. in overthrowing governments, perverting elections, assassinating leaders, suppressing revolutions, manipulating trade unions and manufacturing "news."

2-25-19 How Bernie Sanders would dismantle the American empire
At least when it comes to imperialist war, the last two decades of U.S. foreign policy have been as pointless as they have been gruesome. Foreign policy played little role in the 2016 Democratic primary, but 2020 might be different. Most of the field has concentrated so far on domestic questions, with few staking out much in the way of a signature perspective — with one exception: Bernie Sanders. As Peter Beinart writes at The Atlantic, Sanders has elucidated a platform that is strongly critical of America's imperial blundering, arguing instead for a return of neighborly internationalism and re-engagement with the United Nations. In the democratic socialist tradition, fighting imperialism has usually been a top priority (the vast Soviet empire notwithstanding). Sanders has the most thoroughgoing critique of American empire of any major candidate since George McGovern at least. But it raises the question: Would he be able to roll back the empire from the very pinnacle of imperial power? In the 2016 race, Sanders inadvertently revealed he didn't have all that much to say about foreign policy, only belatedly developing a perspective (which included a delicious slam on the butchery of Henry Kissinger, to be fair). But he has spent the last two years further developing his foreign policy thinking, notably hiring former Center for American Progress expert Matt Duss (subject of a recent profile in The Nation by David Klion). He gave two big foreign speeches over the last two years outlining his views. What Sanders would be able to achieve as president depends heavily on the nature of the American empire. In his first speech, he argued that the bloated defense budget was infringing on other national priorities, by eating up money and resources that could be spent at home, and quoted President Eisenhower's famous "A Chance for Peace" and "military-industrial complex" speeches to that effect. When we consider the last two decades of imperial war and domination (and much before that), the overwhelming impression is one of futility and waste. America has spent something like $6 trillion on just the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and for what? It's not like U.S. businesses need those export markets, which have been ruined in any case by all the chaos and violence. Even the oil of Iraq could not possibly compensate for that much spending (for $4 trillion, about the cost of the Iraq War, we could have nearly bought half of Iraq's entire oil reserves outright at going prices). Indeed, with the rise of fracking the U.S. itself has become the world's largest oil producer.

Killing Hope
US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Killing Hope for showing us
that the United States is not a force for democracy.
It is a force for securing world domination to
insure economic wealth for our corporations.
Providing for democracy is a cover-up and simply a farce!