By Anatol Lieven
During this arguable critique of yank political tradition and its old roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. overseas coverage given that Sep 11 has been formed through the particular personality of our nationalism. inside that nationalism, Lieven analyses very various traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism in accordance with the democratic values of what has been known as the "American Creed." those values are held to be common, and a person can turn 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 US as a closed nationwide tradition and civilization threatened via a adverse and barbarous open air 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 11th of September, 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 yank nationalism."--London assessment of Books
"Lieven is relentlessly candid, and has produced a remarkably thought-provoking book.... Tightly written and greatly researched.... A important and in addition a troubling booklet on a subject matter that's either an important and in lots of methods super sensitive."--Brian Urquhart, big apple evaluate of Books
"Cogently argued...an very important contribution to the discourse on nationwide id, the struggle on terror and the character of political liberalism."--Publishers Weekly
"America wrong or right indicates a significant highbrow expertise and ambition stretching its wings. particularly, Lieven takes on a few of the tremendous questions on American id, ideology and exceptionalism in ways in which yield superb and provocative results.... At its admirable top the US wrong or right asks vital questions and makes readers evaluate a few of their very own such a lot loved convictions."--Walter Russell Mead, Washington publish ebook World
"This scuffling with booklet digs underneath the trauma of September 11 to discover the cultural resources of well known aid for a blindly competitive and self-defeating international coverage. astounding and inspiring."--Stephen Holmes, Professor of Politics and legislations, manhattan college university of Law
"Anatol Lieven is certainly one of today's so much insightful observers of U.S. international coverage. during this unheard of publication he presents an research of the virtues and the risks of yankee nationalism that's as provocative because it is perceptive." --Michael Lind, writer of the following American Nation
"A looking out exam of the deep-seated assets of yankee habit, Anatol Lieven's the United States 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. overseas coverage. In smelly, muscular prose, Lieven makes a powerful case that the neoconservatives have got a long way an excessive amount of credits for the process American coverage seeing that Sep 11. His bankruptcy at the jointly harmful process U.S.-Israel family members isn't just brave yet powerfully illuminating."--Andrew J. Bacevich, writer of the imminent the hot 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 atone for the loss in Vietnam skillfully unravels the origins of yankee nationalism and illuminates its failings and virtues."--Karl Helicher, Foreword Magazine
"Anatol Lieven is likely one of the so much idea frightening and insightful writers in Washington. This publication is particularly a lot within the similar tradition."--Senator Dick Clark, Director of The Congressional application, The Aspen Institute
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37 Despite all the periodic flare-ups of tension over colonial rivalries, in the decades before 1914, the great European powers never did go to war over a colonial issue (with the exception of Russia and Japan in 1904). One key reason for this was a well-based doubt in the minds of European governments and militaries about the response of the masses to a bloody war which had obviously begun in a squabble between two greedy predators in an unpronounceable African swamp. The terrorist attacks of September 11,2001, were a real and atrocious assault on the American homeland.
50 What also links this kind of radical nationalist discourse in both America and Israel is that the enemy is seen by its proponents as almost universal. Nationalists in other countries restrict their hostility to a limited number of other nations; indeed, over the years I have seen this accusation of incorrigible and wicked antiAmericanism applied to Russians, Arabs and Chinese as an excuse for America adopting whatever policies it likes toward those peoples. But only in America and Israel perhaps could an influential political writer like Krauthammer declare the 17 INTRODUCTION world itself to be the mad enemy.
One key reason for this was a well-based doubt in the minds of European governments and militaries about the response of the masses to a bloody war which had obviously begun in a squabble between two greedy predators in an unpronounceable African swamp. The terrorist attacks of September 11,2001, were a real and atrocious assault on the American homeland. S. administration—indeed any self-respecting country in the world—would have had to respond by seeking to destroy the perpetrators. S. actions against al Qaeda and its allies elsewhere in the world.