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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!
This polemic is a must-read whether you love or hate neo-conservatives. Authors Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke provide a comprehensive history of the neo-conservative movement, and outline every conceivable charge against them. The authors fervently contend that neo-cons have led the United States into a war with Iraq and have done immense damage to America's...
Published on 3 Aug 2004 by Rolf Dobelli

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3.0 out of 5 stars America should not be alone
America should not be alone is the message of this book. Apart from UK support she is very much alone and the neo-conservatives do not care. They are described as the right wingers who take their moral high ground as America being right. She should use force as her foreign policy and go it alone if necessary. The world is divided between them and us. They are evil,...
Published on 5 May 2007 by G. J. Weeks


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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!, 3 Aug 2004
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This polemic is a must-read whether you love or hate neo-conservatives. Authors Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke provide a comprehensive history of the neo-conservative movement, and outline every conceivable charge against them. The authors fervently contend that neo-cons have led the United States into a war with Iraq and have done immense damage to America's liberties, its reputation abroad and its moral integrity. People who love neo-conservatives should read this book to learn the worst that can be said about them so that they can prepare responses, especially during an election year. People who hate neo-conservatives should read this book because it will reconfirm their deepest prejudices and animosities. However, we caution, people who are neutral on neo-cons will find this book something of a hard go - the authors have an axe to grind, and grind away they do. They offer strong views and information tinged with passion, so if you find yourself elated - or deeply annoyed - write to them...and not to us.
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3.0 out of 5 stars America should not be alone, 5 May 2007
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G. J. Weeks (London) - See all my reviews
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America should not be alone is the message of this book. Apart from UK support she is very much alone and the neo-conservatives do not care. They are described as the right wingers who take their moral high ground as America being right. She should use force as her foreign policy and go it alone if necessary. The world is divided between them and us. They are evil, especially the Islamic world, and we are the good guys.The authors want to call for a return to jaw jaw instead of war war. They detest the idea of a clash of civilisations. U.S. foreign policy has become gung ho and needs to return to diplomatic not military initiatives.

Neocons are defined in terms of their policies. Their origins and development are described and how they have become the leading force in foreign affairs through propagating their own view of history, a false one says the writers. They have a lot of the American media on board, especially the Murdoch empire, and have courted the Christian right. They took us into Iraq on the false pretences of WMDs and links to terrorism. They promote a strong anti-American reaction everywhere, especially in the Islamic world. They have reduced American liberties with the Patriot Act and see this as the necessary price to pay to combat terror. They have not learned from history that terrorism must be cut off from popular support to be defeated. They do not examine the root causes of terror.They do not see there is no military solution. Rejecting cultural confrontation the authors, who incredibly believe that such diversity is a fact in most Islamic countries. They say pluralism leading to democratic forms of government is possible in Islamic countries and these conditions lead to modernity. Muslims can live with non-Muslims. Where one wonders is this happening.I do not think these academics have a real understanding of an Islamic world view that must dominate and have minorities in subjection. They have no real understanding of the depth of hatred towards a secularized and immoral West. They make no call for the West to repent of its materialism and sexual promiscuity. I believe there is much to be commended in their diagnosis of the ills of the neocons but they have failed to take the real clash of civilisations seriously enough. They have called not for the necessary reform of either civilisation. Multiculturalism is a liberal hope,not a real prospect for the future. Force is not the answer, neither is multiculturalism.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful study of current US foreign policy, 16 Sep 2004
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Stefan Halper, a White House and State Department official during the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, and Jonathan Clarke, a Counselor in the British Diplomatic Service, have written a scathing denunciation of current US foreign policy.
They show how Bush illegitimately extended the USA's war from counter-attacking Al Qa'ida to attacking terrorists in general, then to attacking 'those who harbour them', meaning a state like Afghanistan, and then to attacking states that don't harbour them, like Iraq. The US ruling class hijacked the war on terrorism and aimed it at 'universal dominion'. The authors describe this as 'a highly imprudent trajectory of missionary imperialism and international confrontation'. They ask whether the US's policy "distracts the United States from the pursuit of terrorism and whether it may indeed aggravate the threat" and conclude that it does.
Rupert Murdoch's Fox News helped Bush: its watchers were three times more likely to believe the government's three big lies - that Al Qa'ida and Iraq were linked, that WMD had been found, and that the world approved of the US attack. These misperceptions 'arose as the direct result of deliberate government action'; administration speeches showed 'a pattern of deceit'.
Now the US government is bogged down in the quagmire of Iraq, dragging British troops down with it. It said that just 75,000 troops could occupy Iraq, and only 'several thousand after a year or two'. It told Congress that Iraq's oil, not the US taxpayer, would pay for the occupation.
However, the US army is not geared to occupying a country, still less to nation-building; it is designed to carry out the old imperial practice of 'Butcher and bolt'. Not too surprising then, that the USA's occupation of Iraq is failing, just like earlier British occupations in the Middle East, in Iraq, Palestine, Aden, etc.
In sum, the authors show that the costs of US foreign policy are huge, including economic damage, vast expense, reduced civil liberties and worse security. Unfortunately, they see this disastrous policy as due to the neo-conservatives' seizure of power, not as the inevitable result of capitalism's absolute decline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Mature Discussion of NeoConservatives!, 13 Oct 2007
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This review is from: America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order (Paperback)
This is a marvellous book: well-written, well-organised, fair-minded and clear. It describes the NeoConservative movement, its origins, and its path to power. I could barely set it down. No one interested in America and its foreign policy can afford to miss it.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book, 4 July 2004
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Jonathan clarke and his co author have written a brilliant book about the Bush leadership in great depth. Superb use of language and stunning ideas are portraded. brilliant. Amazing. SPLENDID. Are the only adjectives to describ it. STUNNING!!!!!!!!
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