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Blowback

The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson

Metropolitan Books

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 century.

Blowback, a term invented by the CIA, refers to the uninted consequences of American policies. In this sure-to-be-controversial book, Chalmers Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force global economic integration on its own terms. From a case of rape by U.S. servicemen in Okinawa to our role in Asia's financial crisis, from our early support for Saddam Hussein to our actions in the Balkans, Johnson reveals the ways in which our misguided policies are planting the seeds of future disaster.

In the wake of the Cold War, the United States has imprudently expanded the commitments it made over the previous forty years, argues Johnson. In Blowback, he issues a warning we would do well to consider: it is time for our empire to demobilize before our bills come due.

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1BLOWBACKNorthern Italian communities had, for years, complained about lowflying American military aircraft. In February 1998, the inevitable happened. A Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler with a crew of four, one of scores of advanced American jet fighters and bombers stationed at places like Aviano, Cervia, Brindisi, and Sigonella, sliced through a ski-lift cable near the resort town of Cavalese and plunged twenty people riding in a single gondola to their deaths on the snowy slopes several hundred feet below. Although marine pilots are required to maintain an altitude of at least one thousand
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  • Chalmers Johnson - Speaking Freely

    Author of Blowback, The Sorrows Of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days Of The American Empire, Chalmers Johnson has literally written the book on the concept of American Hegemony. A former naval officer and consultant of the C.I.A., he now serves as professor Emeritus at UC San Diego. As co-founder and President of the Japan Policy Research Institute, Mr. Johnson also continues to promote public education about Asia's role in the international community.

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"Chalmers Johnson is one of the most influential, brilliant, and provocative intellectuals writing about Asia today." --John Dower, author of War Without Mercy, winner of the NBCC Award

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Chalmers Johnson

  • Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, is author of the classic MITA and the Japanese Miracle and Japan: Who Governs?
  • Chalmers Johnson K. Ameiya
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Blowback

The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

American Empire Project

Chalmers Johnson

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