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ISBN-10: 1839763655
ISBN-13: 9781839763656
Publisher: Verso
Publish Date: 09/21/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.20" W, 1.00" H

The Spoils of War: Power, Profit and the American War Machine

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Why Does America Go to War? In the last decades, America has gone to war as supposed defenders of democracy. The War on Terror was waged to protect the west from the dangers of Islamists. US Solders are stationed in over 800 locations across the world to act as the righteous arbiters of the rule […]

Why Does America Go to War?

In the last decades, America has gone to war as supposed defenders of democracy. The War on Terror was waged to protect the west from the dangers of Islamists. US Solders are stationed in over 800 locations across the world to act as the righteous arbiters of the rule of law. In What The Spoils of War Andrew Cockburn brilliantly dissects the intentions behind Washington’s martial appetites.

The American war machine can only be understood in terms of the private passions and interests of those who control it – principally a passionate interest in money. Thus, as he witheringly reports, Washington expanded NATO to satisfy an arms manufacturer’s urgent financial requirements; the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet deployments were for years dictated by a corrupt contractor who bribed high-ranking officers with cash and prostitutes; senior marine commanders agreed to a troop surge in Afghanistan in 2017 because it will do us good at budget time.

Based on years of wide-ranging research, Cockburn lays bare the ugly reality of the largest military machine in history: squalid, and at the same time terrifyingly dangerous.

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"Corruption is the recurring theme that runs through the US journalist Andrew Cockburn's brilliant journalism collected in The Spoils of War: Power, Profit and the American War Machine."
–Richard Norton-Taylor, Declassified UK

"An accessible yet forensic account of not only why runaway military spending is wrong, but how."
–Ed O'Loughlin, Irish Times

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Details

ISBN-10: 1839763655
ISBN-13: 9781839763656
Publisher: Verso
Publish Date: 09/21/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.20" W, 1.00" H
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