By Anatol Lieven
During this arguable critique of yankee political tradition and its old roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. overseas coverage due to the fact September 11 has been formed through the precise personality of our nationalism. inside that nationalism, Lieven analyses very various traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism in keeping with the democratic values of what has been referred to as the "American Creed." those values are held to be common, and a person can turn into an American by means of adopting them. the opposite culture, the "American antithesis" is a populist and infrequently chauvinist nationalism, which has a tendency to work out the United States as a closed nationwide tradition and civilization threatened via a adverse and barbarous outdoor world.
With the United States wrong or right, Lieven examines how those antithetical impulses have performed out in U.S. responses to the terrorist assaults of Sep 11, 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 yankee nationalism."--London assessment of Books
"Lieven is relentlessly candid, and has produced a remarkably thought-provoking book.... Tightly written and largely researched.... A beneficial and likewise a troubling booklet on an issue that's either an important and in lots of methods super sensitive."--Brian Urquhart, big apple overview of Books
"Cogently argued...an vital contribution to the discourse on nationwide id, the conflict on terror and the character of political liberalism."--Publishers Weekly
"America wrong or right exhibits a significant highbrow expertise and ambition stretching its wings. particularly, Lieven takes on a number of the giant questions on American id, ideology and exceptionalism in ways in which yield excellent and provocative results.... At its admirable most sensible the US wrong or right asks very important questions and makes readers overview a few of their very own such a lot loved convictions."--Walter Russell Mead, Washington put up ebook World
"This scuffling with ebook digs underneath the trauma of 9/11 to discover the cultural assets of well known aid for a blindly competitive and self-defeating overseas coverage. astounding and inspiring."--Stephen Holmes, Professor of Politics and legislations, long island college institution of Law
"Anatol Lieven is considered one of today's so much insightful observers of U.S. international coverage. during this unheard of ebook he offers 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 exam of the deep-seated resources of yankee habit, Anatol Lieven's the United States wrong or right takes on what others evade--the themes that, even if for reliable or sick, make us who we're and supply the engine of U. S. overseas coverage. In stinky, muscular prose, Lieven makes a robust case that the neoconservatives have got a ways an excessive amount of credits for the process American coverage considering the fact that 11th of September. His bankruptcy at the collectively damaging process U.S.-Israel family members isn't just brave yet powerfully illuminating."--Andrew J. Bacevich, writer of the approaching the recent American Militarism
"The writer demonstrates that U.S. coverage in Afghanistan throughout the Eighties used to be a failed try and counter Soviet effect and to make amends for the loss in Vietnam skillfully unravels the origins of yank nationalism and illuminates its failings and virtues."--Karl Helicher, Foreword Magazine
"Anatol Lieven is likely one of the so much proposal upsetting and insightful writers in Washington. This ebook is particularly a lot within the similar tradition."--Senator Dick Clark, Director of The Congressional application, The Aspen Institute
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Extra info for America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism
The only specifically American aspect of his approach is Ajami's own non-American origins—and even this would have been entirely normal for great civilizational empires of the past. As Chapter 1 discusses, like America today, these empires did not distinguish between the racial origins of their subjects as long as they served the imperial state and accepted unreservedly the imperial ideology. 45 Ajami's essay ostensibly concerned anti-Americanism. He dismissed out of hand the evidence of Pew, Gallup and other respected survey organizations which demonstrate that hostility to America mounted greatly as a result of the policies of the Bush administration.
39 The distinction between imperialism and nationalism is an important one to keep in mind. One key way of understanding the political strategy of the Bush administration since 9/11 is that—like some of its European predecessors—it essentially tried to drive a program of imperial hegemony with the fuel of a wounded but also bewildered and befuddled nationalism. 40 Communal self-deception among members of a shared political culture, driven by a mixture of ideology and self-interest, is the issue here.
Imperialism and Nationalism Closely linked to this identification of elites with their countries has been the exvploitation of nationalism for the purposes of imperialism—also seen by elites as a higher national good, which the ignorant masses cannot understand and into which they have to be led, if necessary by deceit. Rudyard Kipling and other imperialists notoriously despised the ordinary people of their countries, with their pathetic ordinary lives and dreams, their banal indifference to imperial visions and their unwillingness to die for such visions.
America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism by Anatol Lieven