Frustrated Empire

Frustrated Empire : US Foreign Policy, 9/11 to Iraq

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"A brilliant meditation on the nature of the American empire that ranges widely between past and present...Few books I've read on recent US foreign policy cut both as deep and as broadly as this one." Professor Marilyn Young, New York University "A fine example of how to write contemporary history. Ryan provides readers with a real understanding of the dilemmas of the American empire." Professor Lloyd Gardner, Rutgers University "A majestic work, moving from the Cold War to now...An essential critique of the world of the 21st century." Professor William S. Lucas, University of Birmingham David Ryan examines the broad contexts of US foreign policy and the lingering aftermath of the Vietnam War that shaped the opportunistic framing of 9/11 and paved the way for the long-held neo-conservative desire for regime change and war in Iraq. He examines the construction of the cultural framework for war following 9/11, the legitimacy of military force in Afghanistan, the rise of anti-Americanism, within the broader contexts over the struggle over legitimacy, identity and leadership. Turning the 'clash of civilisations' thesis on its head, Ryan presents a careful analysis of the evolution of US foreign policy and its engagement with Iraq through the 1980s. While 9/11 provided the opportunity, the post-Vietnam context provides a more pertinent framework for this reflection on the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the strategic implications for US foreign policy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 16mm | 281.23g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532388X
  • 9780745323886

About David Ryan

David Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at University College Cork. His books include US Foreign Policy in World History (2000) and US-Sandinista Diplomatic Relations (1995).show more

Table of contents

1 Broad Contexts 2 Framing September 11: Rhetorical Device and Photographic Opinion 3 Orientalism and the Anti-American Sentiment 4 War and Just War: Terrorism and Afghanistan 5 The United States and Iraq: 'One Can do Nothing About the Past' 6 Iraq and Vietnam: The Unbearable Weight of Defeat 7 The Tipping Point: Between Bring 'em on and Going South 8 Imperial Frustrations Bibliography Notes Indexshow more

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Frustrated Empire is a brilliant meditation on the nature of the American empire. ... The book is a powerful and persuasive account of the current state of the world which culminates in a nuanced discussion of a country radically out of step with the rest of the world. ... Few books I've read on recent U.S. foreign policy cut both as deep and as broadly as this one. -- Professor Marilyn Young, New York University David Ryan has given us a fine example of how to write contemporary history. His book spans the years of our new longest war with insight and, by making essential connections between politics and culture, provides readers with a real understanding of the dilemmas of the American empire. -- Professor Lloyd Gardner, Rutgers University This is a majestic work, moving from the Cold War to now, to explore how our narratives of 'history', 'justice', and 'freedom' are manipulated by the US Government in the pursuit of its global objectives. Whether one supports the 'War on Terror' or, as Dr Ryan does effectively, damns it, this is an essential critique of the world of the 21st century. -- Professor William S. Lucas, University of Birminghamshow more

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