Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic / Chalmers Johnson -- NY: Metropolitan Books, 2006.
This is the third book in a three book series written by Chalmers Johnson. Blowback, the first book in the series, makes the point that much of what is described as irrational terror attacks are in fact what the CIA has termed "blowback," or the unpleasant consequences of US actions abroad. The Sorrows of Empire, the second book, focuses on the massive (and growing) number of US military bases abroad. Over 700 are officially recognized by the Pentagon, but Johnson remindes us that there are many more covert bases. The third book, Nemesis, recapitulates many of the points made in the previous two volumes and emphasizes how the ascendent values of militarism may be inexorably transforming American government into a unconstrainable military bureucracy.