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 sceptics. In 'Rogue State', he shows that 'close encounters' between the United States and alien nations have demonstrably been of the cruellest kind.
Table of Contents
* Introduction * OURS AND THEIRS: WASHINGTON'S LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH TERRORISTS AND HUMAN-RIGHTS VIOLATORS * 1. Why do terrorists keep picking on the United States? * 2. America's gift to the world - the Afghan terrorist alumni * 3. Assassinations * 4. Excerpts from US Army and CIA Training Manuals * 5. Torture * 6. The unsavories * 7. Training new unsavories * 8. War criminals: theirs and ours * 9. Haven for terrorists * 10. Supporting Pol Pot * UNITED STATES USE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION * 11. Bombings * 12. Depleted uranium * 13. Cluster bombs * 14. Chemical and biological weapons abroad * 15. Chemical and biological weapons at home * 16. Encouraging the use of CBW by other nations * A ROGUE STATE VERSUS THE WORLD * 17. A concise history of US global interventions * 18. Perverting elections * 19. Trojan horse: the national endowment for democracy * 20. The US versus the world at the United Nations * 21. Eavesdropping on the planet * 22. Kidnapping and looting * 23. How the CIA sent Nelson Mandela to prison for 28 years * 24. The CIA and drugs: just say 'Why not?' * 25. Being the world's only superpower means never having to say you're sorry * 26. The US invades, bombs and kills for it...but do Americans really believe in free enterprise? * 27. A day in the life of a free country...or...how do the United States get away with it? * Notes * Index * About the author
WILLIAM BLUM left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the US was doing in Vietnam. He founded the Washington Free Press, the capital's first 'alternative' newspaper, and developed an alternative career as a freelance journalist in the US, Europe and South America. He is the author of The CIA: A Forgotten History (Zed Books, 1988).+