Before and After U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism


The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the book "Before and After U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism," by Phyllis Bennis. Specifically it will discuss the book in a book report, including a summary. "Before and After" is a book about the terrorist attacks, but it is also a book about a nation's arrogance, and how the United States has turned into a world power with attitude. The author shows how that is affecting our global presence, and our global situation.

Before and After

"Before and After" is a compelling book about the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Reading it is difficult, because it does not always ...

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understanding of the US policies that mean so much to the entire world, and give an inkling of why so many people around the world see us as a threat and a menace.
The book opens with a discussion of the Bush-Gore election, and what George W. Bush's initial election meant to national and world politics, and the author's position is quite clear from the first page, she is not a Bush fan. She writes, "From their first moments in office, Bush officials brought to the White House an aggressive brand of unilateralism, characterized by disdain for global opinion and contempt for international law and institutions" (Bennis 1). This opinion seems to be confirmed by the eventual Bush break with the United Nations as the war with Iraq began to move forward, and the disdain for worldwide opinion as the war began.
The book goes back in history to look at America's reputation at home and abroad, and how our intervention in Middle East politics has changed the way many nations view us. ...

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arrogance of paying attention only to national events, and our disinterest in world politics at the personal level as part of the reason we seem elitist and removed from the rest of the world. We are rich, we are selfish, and we are arrogant, and it has come back to haunt us.
Not surprisingly, the author feels terrorism will continue toward the US, especially with our current aggressive stand on "terrorists" and "thugs." Also not surprisingly, the author advocates less military might from the US, and more global caring and compassion. She writes, "As Kofi Annan noted in his 2002 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, for most people in the world, the world did not change on ...

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Added: 3/31/2016 03:23:12 AM
Category: American History
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 1446
Pages: 6

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