Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review: 'Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II' by William Blum

Review: Killing Hope – US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

5 StarCrime (Government)Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, BlowbackMilitary & Pentagon PowerPoliticsPower (Pathologies & Utilization)War & Face of Battle

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William Blum
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reference on the Toxicity of US Military at Direction of Political Criminals, July 3, 2015
This is the UPDATED edition bring this long-standing historical tour de force up from the last edition that ended in 2008, to 2014. This means that it includes the newest elective wars and the “swath of destruction” we have created from Central Asia down through the Middle East and North Africa to Western Africa, where we now lust for oil in Niger and Nigeria.
Over-all, this is a very precious book, and an essential reference on the history of US intervention, both military and clandestine or covert.
As a former Marine Corps infantry office and former clandestine services case officer, and as an avid reader of non-fiction, I will gladly state on the record that this author has it largely right.
While I take the author with a grain of salt and do not appreciate his collaboration with Phil Agee, who betrayed his oaths to the US, whatever his reasons, on balance this book is an essential reference for anyone who wishes to understand why the rest of the world is beginning to conclude that we are the worst of all evils in our foreign policy behavior and misbehavior.
Although the author focuses on CIA’s role in regime change, I would like to see more emphasis on the insanity of a drone assassination campaign by CIA that has a documented 98% collateral damage record, the persistence of black prisons and rendition and torture now out-sourced, and the plain fact that CIA is so busy doing evil things that it has completely lost the ability to produce intelligence (decision-support) with integrity.

Editor's note: This review was written by Robert David Steele and has been reposted with permission. The original page can be found here. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right

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