Chalmers A. Johnson, Author, Shara Kay, Editor Metropolitan Books $26 (p) focuses on the effects of “”blowback,”” a term coined by the CIA to denote the. The term “blowback,” invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended results of American actions abroad. In this incisive and controversial book, Chalmers Johnson. Blowback, a term invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted In this sure-to-be- controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the.

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Someone of my background really should be better versed in the available literature, after all. I remember that the genre has basically made an art form of stringing together vaguely misleading and highly curated details into Every year or so I tell myself that I need to be consuming policy books. These forces act not as defenders of the United States but as trainers, in jkhnson working for U.

T This book was written in and focuses mostly on blowback of US policies in East Asia, and only peripherally on policies in the Arab world. Showing of reviews.

Lists with This Book. We are on the cusp of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire.

The As I recall, this johnsoon the first book I read after the September 11th attacks. Such bodies are in no way related to a true free market.

It is here that Blowbzck gives the reader an excellent insertion into much of the recent history that has harmed the region and its people. Of course all of these numbers have increased over the years, especially with the onset of the “War A wonderful look at America’s recent foreign policy in Southwest Asia.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson

Sep 25, Andy rated chaalmers it was amazing Shelves: Feb 26, Bryce rated it it was amazing. Amazon Blobwack Refurbished products with a warranty. Though it at times seemed to be an attack on ‘free market’ economics while also discussing the many interference by National Governments, namely the US or by the IMF.

Instead of continuing its obsolete Cold War strategy, Johnson calls on the United States to reevaluate its strategic requirements and to formulate a new foreign policy. It is in the discussion of economics that the book really stalls and bogs itself down. An explosive account of the resentments American policies are sowing around the world and of the payback that will be our harvest in the twenty-first blowbaxk.


The book explains how the CIA and its annexes take action without thinking of the consequences. The book discusses US foreign policy the Blowabck Asia Okinawa, Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, and Indochina and it military and economic hold on that areas to remain a world economic hegemony.

In case after case, Johnson demonstrates the negative impact of American military bases on local communities such as Okinawa and parts of the Philippines where, rape, crime, noise, disease, and environmental contamination are routine byproducts of American military presence.

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An excessive reliance on a militarized foreign policy and an indifference to the distinction between national interests and national values blowbacl deciding where the United States should intervene abroad have actually made the country less secure in ways that will become only more bloowback in chal,ers years to come.

As our citizens fall further behind the industrialized world and, eventually, cede economic superiority to other nations that have invested in their economic infrastructure, America will find itself with fewer allies because of its belligerent stances.

The more I study history, the more I see the dangers of people going on “crusades” to “liberate” “oppressed” peoples. You know, unfortunately, man rapes child is hardly an exceptional headline. Worse yet, these goals have led us to economic policy that directly weakened our economy and hurt Americans while ensuring that jounson around the world would increase. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Again, it is another piece of outstanding written material that tragically paints a trajectory for the Empire of the age that is most unfortunate due to the loss of the Dream of the Founding fathers of America.

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During the Korean WarJohnson served as a naval officer in Japan. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Many of the nations he identifies as potential pressure cookers — primarily Japan and South Korea — remain as stable partners of the United States in the international theater to this day.

The Lords of Creation: Often, these ‘covert’ operations have been hidden mostly from the US people, while citizens of the target countries have understood very well what was happening.

Even when our country’s action have led to disaster, we assume that motives behind them were honorable. This principle extends to foreign policy. He was also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education a Chalmers Ashby Johnson was an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego.


As a public intellectual, he first led the “Japan revisionists” who critiqued American neoliberal economics with Japan as a model; their arguments faded from view as the Japanese economy stagnated in the mids and later. But one great improvement would be if people would stop killing each other in the name of “liberty.

Before Columbus Foundation Johnson was a man who I had heard give interviews and seemed to be one of the ‘go to guys’ for the US anti-war movement. Time after time this book illuminated history for me, in particular concerning the Korean War and trade relations between the U. Aug 11, Dale rated it really liked it Shelves: The Last Days of the American Republic.

This book has helped me to understand the underlying motivation behind US economic policies, the banking system and how the elite are dooming us all to the inevitable fall of our once great nation.

But Johnson wrote this book from a realist perspective, and I liked it enough that it ignited a slow conversion for me. The problems arise from the fact that both key terms are defined so nebulously that they cease jobnson really contribute anything functional to the academic dialogue.

Employing the strategy of the weak, they killed innocent bystanders, whose innocence is, of course, no different from that of the civilians killed by American bombs in Iraq, Serbia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. It reads like a huge conspiracy theory, until you realise that this guy had worked for the CIA and chalers clearly a respected US intellectual. I am shocked and ashamed at how much I haven’t known about what the US has been doing in our name during my lifetime The result of this militarism as distinct from domestic defense is more terrorism against the US and its allies, the loss of core democratic values at home, and the eventual crumbling of the American economy.

This is fine in and of itself, but along the way he peppers in anecdotes and examples from the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, jojnson with little to no explanatory investigation. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to learn how to limit practices that are the breeding ground for extremism. Any American with a grain of salt.