By Anatol Lieven
During this arguable critique of yankee political tradition and its ancient roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. international coverage considering the fact that 9-11 has been formed through the unique personality of our nationalism. inside that nationalism, Lieven analyses very various traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism in line with the democratic values of what has been referred to as the "American Creed." those values are held to be common, and an individual can develop into an American via adopting them. the opposite culture, the "American antithesis" is a populist and sometimes chauvinist nationalism, which has a tendency to determine the United States as a closed nationwide tradition and civilization threatened via a adverse and barbarous outdoor world.
With the USA wrong or right, Lieven examines how those antithetical impulses have performed out in U.S. responses to the terrorist assaults of Sep 11, and within the nature of U.S. aid for Israel. This hard-hitting critique directs a focus at the American political soul and at the curious mix of chauvinism and idealism that has pushed the Bush administration.
"A interesting and incisive research of yankee nationalism."--London evaluate of Books
"Lieven is relentlessly candid, and has produced a remarkably thought-provoking book.... Tightly written and generally researched.... A important and likewise a troubling ebook on an issue that's either the most important and in lots of methods super sensitive."--Brian Urquhart, ny evaluate of Books
"Cogently argued...an very important contribution to the discourse on nationwide id, the conflict on terror and the character of political liberalism."--Publishers Weekly
"America wrong or right indicates a major highbrow expertise and ambition stretching its wings. particularly, Lieven takes on a few of the enormous questions about American identification, ideology and exceptionalism in ways in which yield marvelous and provocative results.... At its admirable top the US wrong or right asks vital questions and makes readers overview a few of their very own such a lot adored convictions."--Walter Russell Mead, Washington put up publication World
"This battling ebook digs underneath the trauma of Sept. 11 to discover the cultural assets of renowned help for a blindly competitive and self-defeating international coverage. unbelievable and inspiring."--Stephen Holmes, Professor of Politics and legislation, big apple collage college of Law
"Anatol Lieven is considered one of today's such a lot insightful observers of U.S. overseas coverage. during this unparalleled e-book he offers an research of the virtues and the risks of yank nationalism that's as provocative because it is perceptive." --Michael Lind, writer of the subsequent American Nation
"A looking out exam of the deep-seated resources of yank habit, Anatol Lieven's the US wrong or right takes on what others evade--the subject matters that, no matter if for reliable or unwell, make us who we're and supply the engine of U. S. international coverage. In smelly, muscular prose, Lieven makes a powerful case that the neoconservatives have got a ways an excessive amount of credits for the process American coverage given that Sept. 11. His bankruptcy at the collectively damaging process U.S.-Israel kinfolk isn't just brave yet powerfully illuminating."--Andrew J. Bacevich, writer of the approaching the recent American Militarism
"The writer demonstrates that U.S. coverage in Afghanistan throughout the Nineteen Eighties was once a failed try and counter Soviet effect and to make amends for the loss in Vietnam skillfully unravels the origins of yank nationalism and illuminates its failings and virtues."--Karl Helicher, Foreword Magazine
"Anatol Lieven is without doubt one of the so much suggestion upsetting and insightful writers in Washington. This ebook is particularly a lot within the comparable tradition."--Senator Dick Clark, Director of The Congressional software, The Aspen Institute
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Too many Europeans and Japanese were tortured, imprisoned or executed for some form of "treason"—or did the torturing and shooting—for this word to be one which people from these countries can use lightly. Too many people were killed, maimed, raped or starved to death in wars for the language of militant, outwardly directed nationalism to be acceptable, not merely in political or intellectual circles but in the vast majority of the populations. Even the least educated European can preserve a family memory of a grandfather killed at Ypres or an uncle maimed at Stalingrad, a home destroyed in Cologne or Warsaw and rapes and forced prostitution from Naples to Berlin and Krasnodar.
Military doctrine, at least if such conflicts involved 24 AN EXCEPTIONAL NATIONALISM? not only ships and aircraft, but also large ground forces—unless the nation itself is directly attacked once again. 27 This lack of appetite for wars of empire in the case of Iraq was despite the fact that—without any evidence, but with the encouragement of leading Bush administration officials and the pro-war media, such as Fox News (a right-wing twentyfour-hour TV news channel owned by Rupert Murdoch)—a great many Americans continued to believe that Saddam Hussein had been directly involved in the 9/11 attacks and therefore—that the war with Iraq was a legitimate act of traditional self-defense.
This complex of radical attitudes can be seen in the editorial pages of the premier newspaper of American business, the Wall Street Journal. For a taste of the difference between the culture and politics of American capitalists, taken as a whole, and those of their European equivalents, one could do no better than to compare those pages with those of the Journal's European equivalents, the Financial Times (London), Frankfuerter Allgemeine (Frankfurt), Corriere della Sera (Milan) and so on. This difference was displayed, for example, in the horrified reaction of leading articles in the Financial Times to the Bush tax cuts.