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By Richard Ned Lebow, Simon Reich

Many policymakers, reporters, and students insist that U.S. hegemony is key for fending off worldwide chaos. Good-Bye Hegemony! argues that hegemony is a fiction propagated to help a wide safety institution, justify American claims to international management, and buttress the conceit of citizens. it's also opposite to American pursuits and the worldwide order. Simon Reich and Richard Ned Lebow argue that hegemony should still as a substitute locate expression in time table environment, financial custodianship, and the sponsorship of world projects. this day, those features are subtle during the method, with eu nations, China, and lesser powers making very important contributions. by contrast, the us has frequently been a resource of political and fiscal instability.

Rejecting the point of interest on energy universal to American realists and liberals, the authors supply a singular research of impact. within the method, they differentiate effect from energy and tool from fabric assets. Their research exhibits why the USA, the best energy the realm has ever obvious, is more and more incapable of translating its strength into effect. Reich and Lebow use their research to formulate a extra life like position for the United States in global affairs.

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Moreover, after two years, the privatization process had become largely irreversible. The destruction of shuttered factories by looters and weather had left many of them beyond repair, and the necessary, skilled technicians had been dismissed. Beyond this, the new Iraqi government, constructed according to the neoliberal recipes of the occupation, was not equipped to construct or sustain the sorts of manufacturing enterprises that Brinkley was trying to revive. 11 The Baghdad tractor factory, like many other resuscitated plants, was operating at only partial capacity.

The answer lies in following the logic of using America’s military supremacy to impose economic solutions in the Middle East and elsewhere. S. 37 It is in this context that weapons of mass destruction became an issue, since any country that possessed WMDs would likely be able to resist such surgical attack. The PNAC made a particular point of saying that no adversary or potential adversary should be allowed to acquire WMDs, since these would effectively deter an invasion: Weak states operating small arsenals of crude ballistic missiles, armed with basic nuclear warheads or other weapons of mass destruction, will be in a strong position to deter the United States from using conventional force, no matter the technological or other advantages we may enjoy.

S. invasion of Iraq, designed to “open up” the Iraqi oil fields to foreign investment, was therefore entirely consistent 34 War Without End with the long legacy of military and economic intervention around the world. To use Smith’s phrase, the policy that led to the invasion of Iraq was designed “to impose a global capitalism dressed up as liberal democracy” on the Middle East. S. Goals for the New Iraqi Regime The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the administrative apparatus installed by the United States to run Iraq after the overthrow of the Hussein regime, might have focused narrowly on the oil goals of the Cheney Energy Task Force.

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