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Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (American Empire Project) by [Johnson, Chalmers]
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"Chalmers Johnson, a patriot who pulls no punches, has emerged as our most prescient critic of American empire and its pretensions. "Nemesis" is his fiercest book-- and his best." -- Andrew J. Bacevich, author of "The New American Militarism"
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""" "Nemesis," the final volume in the remarkable "Blowback" trilogy, completes a true patriot' s anguished and devastating critique of the militarism that threatens to destroy the United States from within. In detail and with unflinching candor, Chalmers Johnson decries the discrepancies between what America professes to be and what it has actually become-- a global empire of military bases and operations; a secret government increasingly characterized by covert activities, enormous ' black' budgets, and near dictatorial executive power; a misguided republic that has betrayed its noblest ideals and most basic founding principals in pursuit of disastrously conceived notions of security, stability, and progress." -- John Dower, author of "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II""" " Chalmers Johnson' s voice has never been more urgently needed, and in "Nemesis" it rings with eloquence, clarity, and truth." -- James Carroll, author of "House of War""" " "Nemesis" is a stimulating, sweeping study in which Johnson asks a most profound strategic question: Can we maintain the global dominance we now regard as our natural right? His answer is chilling. You do not have to agree with everything Johnson says-- I don't-- but if you agree with even half of his policy critiques, you will still slam the book down onthe table, swearing, ' We have to change this!' "
-- Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress"" " Nemesis is a five-alarm warning about flaming militarism, burning imperial attitudes, secret armies, and executive arrogance that has torched and consumed the Constitution and brought the American Republic to death's door. Johnson shares a simple, liberating, and healing path back to worthy republicanism. But the frightening and heart-breaking details contained in Nemesis suggest that the goddess of retribution will not be so easily satisfied before ' the right order of things' is restored." -- Karen Kwiatkowski, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel " Last fall a treasonous Congress gave the president license to kidnap, torture-- you name it-- on an imperial scale. All of us, citizens and non-citizens alike, are fair game. Kudos for not being silent, Chalmers, and for completing your revealing trilogy with undaunted courage." -- Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst; co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

"Chalmers Johnson, a patriot who pulls no punches, has emerged as our most prescient critic of American empire and its pretensions. "Nemesis" is his fiercest book--and his best."--Andrew J. Bacevich, author of "The New American Militarism"

"" """"Nemesis," the final volume in the remarkable "Blowback" trilogy, completes a true patriot's anguished and devastating critique of the militarism that threatens to destroy the United States from within. In detail and with unflinching candor, Chalmers Johnson decries the discrepancies between what America professes to be and what it has actually become--a global empire of military bases and operations; a secret government increasingly characterized by covert activities, enormous 'black' budgets, and near dictatorial executive power; a misguided republic that has betrayed its noblest ideals and most basic founding principals in pursuit of disastrously conceived notions of security, stability, and progress."--John Dower, author of "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II""" "Chalmers Johnson's voice has never been more urgently needed, and in "Nemesis" it rings with eloquence, clarity, and truth."--James Carroll, author of "House of War""" ""Nemesis" is a stimulating, sweeping study in which Johnson asks a most profound strategic question: Can we maintain the global dominance we now regard as our natural right? His answer is chilling. You do not have to agree with everything Johnson says--I don't--but if you agree with even half of his policy critiques, you will still slam the book down on the table, swearing, 'We have to change this!'"
--Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress"" "Nemesis is a five-alarm warning about flaming militarism, burning imperial attitudes, secret armies, and executive arrogance that has torched and consumed the Constitution and brought the American Republic to death's door. Johnson shares a simple, liberating, and healing path back to worthy republicanism. But the frightening and heart-breaking details contained in Nemesis suggest that the goddess of retribution will not be so easily satisfied before 'the right order of things' is restored."--Karen Kwiatkowski, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel "Last fall a treasonous Congress gave the president license to kidnap, torture--you name it--on an imperial scale. All of us, citizens and non-citizens alike, are fair game. Kudos for not being silent, Chalmers, and for completing your revealing trilogy with undaunted courage."--Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst; co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Nemesis, the final volume in the remarkable Blowback trilogy, completes a true patriot's anguished and devastating critique of the militarism that threatens to destroy the United States from within. In detail and with unflinching candor, Chalmers Johnson decries the discrepancies between what America professes to be and what it has actually become--a global empire of military bases and operations; a secret government increasingly characterized by covert activities, enormous 'black' budgets, and near dictatorial executive power; a misguided republic that has betrayed its noblest ideals and most basic founding principals in pursuit of disastrously conceived notions of security, stability, and progress."--John Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II "Chalmers Johnson's voice has never been more urgently needed, and in Nemesis it rings with eloquence, clarity, and truth."--James Carroll, author of House of War "Nemesis is a stimulating, sweeping study in which Johnson asks a most profound strategic question: Can we maintain the global dominance we now regard as our natural right? His answer is chilling. You do not have to agree with everything Johnson says--I don't--but if you agree with even half of his policy critiques, you will still slam the book down on the table, swearing, 'We have to change this!'--Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Chalmers Johnson, a patriot who pulls no punches, has emerged as our most prescient critic of American empire and its pretensions. "Nemesis" is his fiercest book--and his best. "Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The New American Militarism"

Nemesis, the final volume in the remarkable Blowback trilogy, completes a true patriot s anguished and devastating critique of the militarism that threatens to destroy the United States from within. In detail and with unflinching candor, Chalmers Johnson decries the discrepancies between what America professes to be and what it has actually become a global empire of military bases and operations; a secret government increasingly characterized by covert activities, enormous black budgets, and near dictatorial executive power; a misguided republic that has betrayed its noblest ideals and most basic founding principals in pursuit of disastrously conceived notions of security, stability, and progress. John Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II Chalmers Johnson s voice has never been more urgently needed, and in Nemesis it rings with eloquence, clarity, and truth. James Carroll, author of House of War Nemesis is a stimulating, sweeping study in which Johnson asks a most profound strategic question: Can we maintain the global dominance we now regard as our natural right? His answer is chilling. You do not have to agree with everything Johnson says I don't but if you agree with even half of his policy critiques, you will still slam the book down on the table, swearing, We have to change this! Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Chalmers Johnson's voice has never been more urgently needed, and in "Nemesis" it rings with eloquence, clarity, and truth. "James Carroll, author of House of War"

"Nemesis" is a stimulating, sweeping study in which Johnson asks a most profound strategic question: Can we maintain the global dominance we now regard as our natural right? His answer is chilling. You do not have to agree with everything Johnson says--I don't--but if you agree with even half of his policy critiques, you will still slam the book down on the table, swearing, We have to change this!' "Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress"

Nemesis is a five-alarm warning about flaming militarism, burning imperial attitudes, secret armies, and executive arrogance that has torched and consumed the Constitution and brought the American Republic to death's door. Johnson shares a simple, liberating, and healing path back to worthy republicanism. But the frightening and heart-breaking details contained in Nemesis suggest that the goddess of retribution will not be so easily satisfied before the right order of things' is restored. "Karen Kwiatkowski, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel"

Last fall a treasonous Congress gave the president license to kidnap, torture--you name it--on an imperial scale. All of us, citizens and non-citizens alike, are fair game. Kudos for not being silent, Chalmers, and for completing your revealing trilogy with undaunted courage. "Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst; co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)""

About the Author

Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is the author of the bestselling "Blowback "and "The Sorrows of Empire." A contributor to the "Los Angeles Times," the "London"" Review of Books," "Harper's," and "The Nation," among others, he appears in the 2005 prizewinning documentary film "Why We Fight." He lives near San Diego.


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  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books; Reprint edition (6 Feb. 2007)
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This is the last volume of American historian Chalmers Johnson's trilogy on the American empire, following Blowback (2000) and The Sorrows of Empire (2003). Nemesis was the Greek goddess of retribution, who punished human transgression and the arrogance that caused it.

Johnson claims that imperial overreach is undermining the USA's democracy. Comparing the US empire to the Roman and British empires, he shows how "imperialism and militarism are the deadly enemies of democracy."

He notes that between 1945 and 2001, the USA carried out 30 major and 170 minor overseas military operations in which the USA struck the first blow. He observes that since 1947, "in no instance has democratic government come about as a direct result."

He describes the CIA as the president's secret, unaccountable private army, which does what the president wants, including taking the rap for his crimes He shows how the current presidency is the most imperial ever, based on a huge standing army, 727 overseas bases, continuous wars and ruinous military spending. He shows how Congress and courts alike have failed to assert their constitutional rights against presidents' usurpation of powers.

Johnson details the recent crimes of the US state, `the systematic killing of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq', the systematic mass torture of prisoners, sanctioned by Bush and Rumsfeld, and the brutal looting of Iraq's heritage.

He notes the 1,000 CIA `rendition' - kidnapping for torture - flights using Europe's airports, with the complicity of the British, German, Italian, Swedish, Rumanian and Polish governments. The Labour government allowed 210 landings at British airports between September 2001 and September 2005.
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Chalmers Johnson is deeply pessimistic about the future of the US and its citizens. He sees at the horizon `a collapse of constitutional government, perpetual war, endemic official lying and disinformation and finally bankruptcy. We are at the cusp of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire.'
For him, the heart of the matter is `military Keynesianism' (the US economy is mightily based on weapon manufacturing) and the goal of the military-intelligence community (full spectrum dominance over the world and in space).
But this imperial adventure is far too costly. The US spends more on armed forces than all other nations on earth combined, for more than 737 military bases in more than 130 countries. Also, space weapons are pure waste. A space shield doesn't work, because weapons cannot make a distinction between warheads and free floating space debris. `The neoconservative lobbyists are only interested in the staggering sums required.'
The US enormous military budget (of which 40 % is secret) is not paid by US taxpayers, but by foreign investors in US debt.
In the meantime, democracy is undermined. Chalmers Johnson doesn't see `any president or Congress standing up to the powerful vested interests of the Pentagon, the secret intelligence agencies and the military-industrial complex.' The separation of powers is becoming a dead letter. The legislative and the judicial branches have lost their independence.
The author is extremely hard for the current government, calling members of the Administration `desk-murderers'. For him, `putting the ruler above the law is the very definition of dictatorship.' Its TIA (Total Information Awareness) program `is the perfect US computer version of Gestapo and KGB files.
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I already knew what this book was about before I bought it,was recommended by my friends and family.He is a great writer, I have read other books written by him and I would recommend them all,he is so precise a true patriot.He just nails everything every time.This book is the reality of a failing empire, that seems not to care if it takes everyone down with it,and how paranoid they really are.Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,never was a truer word spoken.As a pacifist I find all this horrifying. This is part of the Blowback Trilogy I recommend you read them all.I will never forget his first part Blowback,it made me look at things in a different way.
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Yes WWII was America's second punic war. An empire Under a still more or less free government on its way to the Caesar and Augustus to come?
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A VERY interesting and informative book covering subject which aren't usually talked about.
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