Last night I happened to catch an interview on npr with Chalmers Johnson, the author of Nemesis, The Last Days of the American Republic, the third of a trilogy of books on the perils to the American Republic of the massive empire that we (the CIA and Defense Department) have been extending more or less unchecked around the world (737 military bases to date and the misbegotten fiasco of the Iraq war now overextending our military and the budget to support it).  His analysis does much to explain the neocon madness that has made the U.S. now one of the world’s most despised nations.

I recommend reading the websites above which give the essence of Johnson’s concerns.  The following from the second gives his background and credentials as follows:

“Chalmers Johnson is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego where he taught for 30 years as well as at UC, Berkeley (where he was educated).  At Berkeley, he was chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and its Department of Political Studies.  He’s currently president of the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI), a not-for-profit research and public affairs organization involved in public education relating to Japan and international relations in the Pacific region.  Johnson is also a prolific writer and author of 17 books, numerous articles and various other publications.

From 1967 through 1973, he served as well as a consultant to the Office of National Estimates (ONE) within the CIA, and during the Cold War years was, by his own characterization, a former “spear-carrier for the empire.”  At least since the age of George Bush, however, Johnson radically transformed himself into one of the nation’s sharpest and most important intellectual critics of the current administration having now completed the third and last volume of his “inadvertent trilogy” in his newest book Nemesis that’s the subject of this review.”

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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