America's Needless Wars

America's Needless Wars

Cautionary Tales of US Involvement in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Iraq

Book - 2017
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"This eye-opening book takes a unique approach to the history of U.S. foreign policy by examining three unrelated conflicts, all of which ended tragically and resulted in the deaths of millions on both sides. By analyzing what went wrong in each case, the author uncovers a pattern of errors that should serve as a precaution for future decision makers contemplating a conflict abroad. Why did President McKinley oppose Filipino independence forces if his motivation was truly to help Filipinos overthrow Spanish domination? Why did several U.S. presidents ignore the failures of the French in Vietnam and reject peace overtures from popular revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh to bring the conflict to an early end? And how could American leaders have been so wrong about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction and then let Iraq devolve into chaos after overthrowing the dictator? Historian David R. Contosta has sifted through official hearings, media investigations, public documents, memoirs of those for and against the conflicts, and numerous histories to uncover the answers to these questions. The common thread that links these wars from different centuries is that political leaders all too often have acted out of ignorance, arrogance, fear, and partisan gamesmanship. These lapses were compounded by the failure of the media to inform the public accurately and dispassionately. The sad result is that America has paid a high price in lost lives and tarnished national reputation. As the author notes in conclusion, if American exceptionalism is to have any meaning, then we must honestly appraise our past foreign-policy blunders to ensure wiser political action in the future"--
"A skeptical appraisal of U.S. military intervention in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Iraq, highlighting a common pattern of poor intelligence gathering, nationalistic hubris, and political pressures, which led to these unsuccessful foreign adventures"--
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781633882898
Branch Call Number: 355.02097 C7681A 2017
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 25, 2017

[read a synopsis of this, haven't read the entire book, but really don't see any need to]
Whenever I see a book like this, I momentarily pause and wonder if the author is a complete idiot, or is just supporting those false narratives once again?!
Really, the purpose of war in modern times is to Inflate Financial Assets! Follow the money - - of course these were horrible and needless wars, but they made money, provided global bases, and in the recent case of Iraq, served dual purposes: (1) brought Iraqi oil trading back to the dollar as Saddam had switched for the US dollar to the Euro, interfering with the USD as the world's reserve currency; (2) directed Iraqi oil to China in support of all those multinationals' facilities and factories there; and, (3) missing Iraqi oil funds in the billions, which were supposed to have been kept on account at the New York Fed, overseen by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank?! [Please recall that in the very first week after Qadaffi of Libya was deposed, the so-called rebels established a central bank there, tradinging in US dollars - - now when was the last time you heard of something like that?]
[This is why one reads and studies sociologists who follow the money, and great anthropologists such as Prof. Joseph Tainter, who examine the economics of past cultures and empires in researching their demise - - historians appear wilfully ignorant and blind to reality!]


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