Parables of Permanent War

Parables of Permanent War : Chronicles of Force and Folly since 9/11

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Parables of Permanent War is a political, and, inescapably, moral chronicle of U.S. responses to the 9/11 attacks, and the grave consequences at home and abroad. There is, or ought to be, no such thing as a 'permanent war,' but U.S. elites are determined to pursue one. Parables of Permanent War arranges essays around a number of parables, indicating the deeper dysfunctions and delusions that drive the ongoing "permanent war."
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  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 725.74g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0739149180
  • 9780739149188

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1: America: Inside & Out 1. Prologue to a Parable 2. The Blessings-of-Civilization Trust Vs. Bin-Laden 3. A Fairy Tale of the Clash of Civilizations 4. The Vietnam Syndrome as Myth 5. A Parable about Realpolitik 6. A Parable about Anti-Americanism 7. Realist Tall Tales 8. Electoral Democracy as Electronic Fable 9. Loaded Dice: A Fairy Tale of New Orleans 10. Dubya's Fellow Travelers 11. Green Zone Follies 12. Misunderestimating George W. Bush 13. Cleaning Up After the Great Bush Bash 14. What's the Matter with America? Part 2: Britain: Inside & Out 15. A Parable from the British Streets 16. The Hutton Report versus Planet Earth 17. Walter Mitty meets Realpolitik 18. The London Bombs 19. Experiencing Islam, British Style 20. What Happened to Gordon Brown? 21. An IRA Fantasy Part 3: South Asia in The Middle of a Muddle 22. Backgrounders: Pakistan and India since Partition 23. A Mohajir's Tale 24. The Myth of Shining India 25. No Fairy Tales for Pakistan 26. Housing the Poor without a Magic Wand 27. Supreme Court Tales: Rough Justice in Pakistan 28. Replaying the Partition Game 29. Swat is Burning 30. Pakistan's Pathetic Political Culture 31. On Pakistan Bashing 32. Who's Afraid of the ISI? Part 4: The Middle East Inside Out 33. Sifting Fairy Tales in Iraq 34. A Tale of The 'Israel Lobby' 35. Gullibility Fatigue? 36. The Israeli Fairy Tale Factory 37. A New Fairy Tale of Afghanistan 38. A Yellowcake Parable 39. A Meditation on Haditha 40. Clueless in Gaza 41. Saddam's Revenge 42. America's Iranian Mirage Part 5: Spell-Breakers 43. Fairy Tales of Terror and Liberalism 44. Greene's Parable of The Quiet American 45. At the Heretics Ball 46. Spooks, Hacks and Scholars 47. Hearts and Minds Fantasies 48. Zinn Breaks the Spell 49. Pacification Woes 50. Why the West should Withdraw from Afghanistan 51. Anthropology Meets Counterinsurgency 52. Paintballing Politics 53. Obama's Bubble 54. Wikileaks and Elites 55. Osama Down So Why is The US not Out? Conclusion: Milgram's Moral Bibliography About the Authors
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The authors cast sharp eyes on the unfolding folly of Bush's and Blair's cynical and counter-productive responses to 9/11. Jacobsen and Khan offer a terrifically enjoyable chronicle that delves into all the tough issues roused by yet another costly war of aggression. -- Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers This mordant collection of essays pulls no punches in its passionate concern to understand the world in which we find ourselves more than a decade after the end of the Cold War. Khan and Jacobsen bring a deep knowledge of world politics and history to their analysis and an awareness of the interplay of different levels and modes of power. They understand the subtle and not so subtle ways in which the power of the state can be bent to the interests of dominant social groups. But they also believe in the power of reason and argument to demystify these processes and to give the reader some hope for the future. -- David Taylor, University of London This book is a hard-hitting critique of U.S. policy post 9/11 by two authors with an enviable command of both American power politics and Asian realities. Jacobsen and Khan are an unusual duo, whose collaboration has produced valuable new insights into the impact of U.S. and British foreign policy on Afghanistan, Iraq, and the wider Asian region. -- David Page, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University Anybody trying to understand or study the psychological state of America and international reactions after the 9/11 incidents would find it very informative and critical of the USA's attempt to create a monopoly of influence and control. -H. A. Halim, West Bengal Legislative Assemble and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
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About Kurt Jacobsen

Kurt Jacobsen is research associate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Sayeed Hasan Khan is a journalist, activist, and co-author of No Clean Hands.
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