The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 andWeakened America

The Pornography of Power How Defense Hawks Hijacked andWeakened America In the course of his forty year career as one of America s most admired journalists Robert Scheer s work has been praised by Gore Vidal Susan Sontag and Joan Didion who deems him one of the best r

  • Title: The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 andWeakened America
  • Author: Robert Scheer
  • ISBN: 9780446505277
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the course of his forty year career as one of America s most admired journalists, Robert Scheer s work has been praised by Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, and Joan Didion, who deems him one of the best reporters of our time Now, Scheer brings a lifetime of wisdom and experience to one of the most overlooked and dangerous issues of our time the destructive influence of AmIn the course of his forty year career as one of America s most admired journalists, Robert Scheer s work has been praised by Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, and Joan Didion, who deems him one of the best reporters of our time Now, Scheer brings a lifetime of wisdom and experience to one of the most overlooked and dangerous issues of our time the destructive influence of America s military industrial complex Scheer examines the expansion of our military presence throughout the world, our insane nuclear strategy, the immorality of corporations profiting in Iraq, and the arrogance of our foreign policy Although Scheer is a liberal, his view echoes that of former Republican president General Dwight Eisenhower, who, in his farewell speech to the American people, spoke prophetically about need to guard against the growing influence of the military industrial complex In George W Bush s America, politicians like Ike and Richard Nixon seem like prudent centrists The views of libertarians, liberals, and pacifists are often overlooked or ignored by America s mainstream media The Pornography of Power is the culmination of a respected journalist s efforts to change the terms of debate At a time when many are exploiting fears of terrorist attacks and only a few national leaders are willing to advocate cuts in defense spending, nuclear disarmament, and restrained use of American force, Robert Scheer has written a manifesto for enlightened reform.

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    About “Robert Scheer”

    1. Robert Scheer

      Robert Scheer is an American journalist who writes a column for Truthdig which is nationally syndicated in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle and The Nation He teaches communications as a professor at the University of Southern California and is Editor in Chief for the online magazine Truthdig.Scheer was born to immigrant parents His mother, a Russian Jew, and his father, a German, both worked in the garment industry After graduating from City College of New York with a degree in economics, he studied as a fellow at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and then did further economics graduate work at the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley Scheer has also been a Poynter fellow at Yale University, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford, the same post once held by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.While working at City Lights Books in San Francisco, Scheer co authored the book, Cuba, an American tragedy 1964 , with Maurice Zeitlin Between 1964 and 1969, he served, variously, as the Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine He reported from Cambodia, China, North Korea, Russia, Latin America and the Middle East including the Six Day War , as well as on national security matters in the United States While in Cuba, where he interviewed Fidel Castro, Scheer obtained an introduction by the Cuban leader for the diary of Che Guevara which Scheer had already obtained, with the assistance of French journalist Michele Ray, for publication in Ramparts and by Bantam Books.During this period Scheer made a bid for elective office as one of the first anti Vietnam War candidates He challenged U.S Representative Jeffrey Cohelan in the 1966 Democratic primary Cohelan was a liberal, but like most Democratic officeholders at that time, he supported the Vietnam War Scheer lost, but won over 45% of the vote and carried Berkeley , a strong showing against an incumbent that demonstrated the rising strength of New Left Sixties radicalism.In July 1970, Scheer accompanied as a journalist a Black Panther Party delegation, led by Eldridge Cleaver, to North Korea, China, and Vietnam The delegation also contained people from the San Francisco Red Guard, the women s liberation movement, the Peace and Freedom Party, Newsreel, and the Movement for a Democratic Military The purpose of the delegation was to express solidarity with the struggles of the Koreans and to bring back to Babylon information about their communist society and their fight against U.S imperialism, according to the Black Panthers publication.After several years freelancing for magazines, including New Times and Playboy, Scheer joined the Los Angeles Times in 1976 as a reporter There he met Narda Zacchino, a reporter whom he later wed in the paper s news room As a national correspondent for 17 years at the Times, he wrote articles and series on such diverse topics as the Soviet Union during glasnost, the Jews of Los Angeles, arms control, urban crises, national politics and the military, as well as covering several presidential elections The Times entered Scheer s work for the Pulitzer Prize 11 times, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer national reporting award for a series on the television industry.After Scheer left the Times in 1993, the paper granted him a weekly op ed column which ran every Tuesday for the next 12 years until it was canceled in 2005 The column now appears in the San Francisco Chronicle and is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate He is also a contributing editor for the Nation magazine.Scheer can be heard weekly on the nationally syndicated political analysis radio program Left, Right Center produced at KCRW in Santa Monica and syndicated by Public Radio International.Scheer has interviewed every president from Richard Nixon through Bill Clinton He conducted the noted 1976 Playboy interview with Ji

    509 thoughts on “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 andWeakened America”

    1. This was, for me, a difficult book to read. It is largely people outside of America, ordinary citizens of developing nations, who suffer the consequences of American military action. It is hard not to get very angry about how y'all allow the wool to be pulled over your eyes by successive administrations, who lie to you and convince you that bombing the crap out of somewhere is going to make your world safer; that overthrowing democratically elected governments, installing puppet dictators like P [...]


    2. I listen to Scheer on NPR's Left, Right and Center, where he represents the Left. In PofP, Scheer exposes the corrupt relationship between Defense Contractors and the Federal government, showing it to be a pervasive and bipartisan problem. I might have given it 4 stars if Scheer had included footnotes, a significant oversight for this kind of expose.


    3. Another instance of political leaders misleading populace into big (military) expenses.That is why there is an ethics rule preventing individuals from using their government positions to advance their personal financial fortunes. p. 76F 22 and F 35 costs to gross excess but without an enemy it might conquer. Drones make suchplanes virtually irrelevantda: Yes, the money we are spending is absurdly disproportionate to the task at hand, the weapons are making us less secure, nor more so, powerful f [...]


    4. This answers many, many questions regarding the amount of money spent on the military-industrial complex. Whether we need it or not.


    5. Pentagon Waste and Fraud, and Who's Really Responsible for ThjemBooks about current affairs, especially those by journalists, rarely keep their edge once the headlines they address have vanished from the news. A 2008 book by former Berkeley activist Robert Scheer’s is a notable exception. Scheer wrote five years ago about the spectacular buildup of the U.S. military machine following 9/11, and his report transcends the facts and circumstances of the story. The Pornography of Power delivers ins [...]


    6. With 4000 American soldiers killed and $500 billion spent, now might be a good time to employ the "cut and run" strategy those hawkish caricatures on the right have been robotically lampooning and, then, it wouldn't hurt to apologize to our hosts on the way out. As Mike Gravel soberingly put it, we can walk into a Baskin Robbins in Hanoi and buy ourselves an ice cream cone, or, in other words, so much for losing that other war But The Pornography of Power isn't about why we're fighting in Iraq b [...]


    7. Any book who's first chapter is titled "The Gift of 9/11" is going to strike a chord with me.Robert explores how the tragedy of 9/11/2001 was exploited by a few to reap significant profits. The numbers are baffling, but seem drawn from well known sources: $2.5 billion each for new nuclear subs, $300 billion for the F-35 project, nearly a hundred extra Globemasters produced beyond what the air force asked for or needed.The style of the book reminded me of George Monbiot's books or Len Deighton's [...]


    8. If you miss Robert Scheer syndicated column in the San Francisco Chronicle, this book is for you. If that is not enough, try truthdig/Lucky for Walnut Creek that Scheer spoke at the local Unitarian Church last April!


    9. I knew some of the events in this book, butputting it all together in one place really got me angry at those who lied us into wars and got rich in the process. I wish everyone who voted for Bush/Cheney would read this and have a heartfelt talk with themselves. Interesting, but a rather dry read.







    10. I wasn't surprised by a lot in this book, being a died in the wool liberal. However, I was impressed with the breadth of research Robert Sheer went to to put together this very cogent argument.


    11. This challenging book meticulously catalogs the money appropriated for defense by the criminals in the Bush administration to fight the so-called “War on Terror.”


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