BOOK REVIEW: Karen Kwiatkowski reviews Tom Barnett's <I>The Pentagon's New Map</I>
- Written by Fred Moreau
Karen Kwiatkowki reviews Pentagon futurist Tom Barnett's recipe for global control by the Pentagon in the 21st century, published in April by G.P. Putnam's Sons. The "new map" requires, among other adaptations, that "the American military as well as the American social political system will be reoriented." Too bad for the great American experiment in government of the people, by the people, and for the people, according to pro-globalization Barnett, who is a Senior Strategic Researcher and Professor in the Warfare Analysis & Research Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College, and one of Donald Rumsfeld's military "tranformation" gurus. Barnett thinks that nations conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equal cannot long endure. So it's time for the old ways to perish from the earth -- the U.S. and the world need "new rule-sets." Reading Barnett causes Karen Kwiatkowski to feel "a strange combination of amazement and terror"...
BOOK REVIEW: <I>The New Pearl Harbor</I>, by David Ray Griffin
- Written by Donna Quexada
A review of The New Pearl Harbor, by an activist who is also a cellist in the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra in Vermont. -- The New Pearl Harbor is a recently published inquiry into the events of September 11. It was written by David Ray Griffin, a 65-year-old Whiteheadian philosopher at the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. The book takes its title from a remark in a September 2000 report entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources for a New Century" (853k .pdf file) published by the neoconservative group Project For A New American Century, of which Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and many other administration figures are members. On page 51 of the 90-page report, we read: "The process of transformation [referring to a "military transformation" intended to "exploit the emerging revolution in military affairs"] is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor." -- The New Pearl Harbor is selling well. It's currently #193 on amazon.com, where 65 readers have given it an average of 4.5 stars. One reader calls it "a masterpiece of scholarship, organized presentation, and careful reasoning." Another, James S. Ackerman of Bloomington, Indiana, remarks: "Until reading this book I have despised any conspiracy theory that involved persons in any American administration doing harm to their fellow Americans. But Dr. Griffin, a noted professor at the prestigious Claremont School of Theology, has written a dispassionate study of the many inconsistencies that are involved in the official version of what happened on 9/11, our surveillance of Middle Eastern terrorist networks before that time, and our pursuit of the true perpetrators since then. . . . This slim book is a MUST READ!" Another wrote: "As a former journalist, I am incredulous that this overwhelming abundance of evidence, all of which points to a story of incredible magnitude, has not been seriously and thoroughly investigated by the press. . . . This is a quick and chilling read. I highly recommend it"...
BOOK REVIEW: George Monbiot on Niall Ferguson's <I>Colossus</I>
- Written by Henry Adams
Lest we forget . . . Lest we forget! ...