The United States of Fear

The United States of Fear

Book - 2011
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In 2008, when the U.S. National Intelligence Council issued its latest report meant for the administration of newly elected President Barack Obama, it predicted that the planet's "sole superpower" would suffer a modest decline and a soft landing fifteen years hence.

In his new book The United States of Fear , Tom Engelhardt makes clear that Americans should don their crash helmets and buckle their seat belts, because the United States is on the path to a major decline at a startling speed. Engelhardt offers a savage anatomy of how successive administrations in Washington took the "Soviet path"--pouring American treasure into the military, war, and national security--and so helped drive their country off the nearest cliff.

This is the startling tale of how fear was profitably shot into the national bloodstream, how the country--gripped by terror fantasies--was locked down, and how a brain-dead Washington elite fiddled (and profited) while America quietly burned.

Think of it as the story of how the Cold War really ended, with the triumphalist "sole superpower" of 1991 heading slowly for the same exit through which the Soviet Union left the stage twenty years earlier.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Haymarket Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781608461547
Branch Call Number: History 973.931 ENG


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Jan 11, 2017

Not a bad book, but not particularly enlightening as the author tends to sound like a stuck record, not comprehending the ultimate reason for war, black flag and false flag ops, and similar events: inflating financial assets. [In other words, it ain't accidental, dude!] The pattern is obvious to those who study finance and financial history: the Rothschilds threw multiple fundraisers for Hillary Rodham Clinton [please note that Wade Rodham, Hillary's uncle, was a US Secret Service agent assigned to the presidential detail when Kennedy occupied the White House, odd she never mentions this] in Martha's Vineyards, the Rockefeller family donated heavily to her campaign, Charles Koch had nothing but positive comments on her campaign, et cetera, et cetera, and HRC almost promised a war with Russia, great for inflating financial assets!
Take Washington state, for instance and the seemingly bizarre social engineering of our past governors [Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire] who signed an Interstate Compact on Adult Offenders, bringing 3 out of every 4 ex-convicts to the Seattle/Puget Sound area. They do this for a reason, you know, and it's always monetary. Wonder if Gov. Inslee renewed that compact???


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