The Sorrows of Empire
----- Militarism, Secrecy, & The End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
by Chalmers Johnson
published by Metropolitan
© 2003 by Chalmers Johnson
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Reminding us of the classic warnings against militarism—from George Washington’s farewell address to Dwight Eisenhower’s denunciation of the military-industrial complex—Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the present, he maps America’s expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services that supports them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional warriors who have infiltrated multiple branches of government, who classify as “secret” everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is of vital interest.
Among Johnson’s provocative conclusions is that American militarism
is putting an end to the age of globalization and bankrupting the United
States, even as it creates the conditions for a new century of virulent
blowback. The Sorrows of Empire suggests that the former American
republic has already crossed its Rubicon—with the Pentagon leading
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