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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Rogue State for showing us that
the United States is its own worse enemy. It tries to literally force
its idea of government on other peoples and then wonders why
they resist and fight back with the only means they can.

Rogue State
A Guide to the World's Only Superpower

Rogue State by William Blum (2005) - 308 pages
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What has the U.S. Done to the World
that Creates American-Hating Terrorists?

The American Empire:
To the American mind, these words sound like an oxymoron.

Suggesting to Americans that their country has a compelling lust for political, economic and military hegemony over the rest of the world, divorced from any moral considerations, is akin to telling them of one's UFO abduction - except that they're more likely to believe the abduction story.

William Blum has compiled evidence that will make believers of such skeptics. In Rogue State, he shows that "close encounters" between the United States and alien nations have demonstrably been of the cruelest kind.

This is not a book for anyone who wishes to maintain any cozy illusions about their own liberty... we find in these pages, meticulously detailed and annotated, all the instances of assassination, covert and overt destabilisation, election-rigging, sponsorship of terrorism, secret surveillance, brainwashing and provocation that the US has employed to further its burgeoning corporate empire... After reading Rogue State, it is impossible to hang fast to the comforting illusion that the 'American Way' is some kind of enlightenment.

From incarcerating Nelson Mandela to dropping cluster bombs (which later turn to landmines) on Yugoslavia, from supporting Pol Pot to praising Noriega, the U.S. has been barbaric enough to do it. William Blum shows us how, even though Clinton calls America the worlds greatest force for peace, our Rogue State really needs to be leashed.

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.

Rogue State
A Guide to the World's Only Superpower

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Rogue State for showing us that
the United States is its own worse enemy. It tries to literally force
its idea of government on other peoples and then wonders why
they resist and fight back with the only means they can.