By Anatol Lieven

During this debatable critique of yank political tradition and its ancient roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. international coverage in view that September 11 has been formed via the targeted personality of our nationalism. inside of that nationalism, Lieven analyses very varied traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism in response to the democratic values of what has been known as the "American Creed." those values are held to be common, and someone can turn into an American via adopting them. the opposite culture, the "American antithesis" is a populist and infrequently chauvinist nationalism, which has a tendency to determine the USA as a closed nationwide tradition and civilization threatened by means of a adverse and barbarous open air world.

With the US wrong or right, Lieven examines how those antithetical impulses have performed out in U.S. responses to the terrorist assaults of September 11, and within the nature of U.S. aid for Israel. This hard-hitting critique directs a focus at the American political soul and at the curious mix of chauvinism and idealism that has pushed the Bush administration.


"A interesting and incisive research of yankee nationalism."--London evaluation of Books

"Lieven is relentlessly candid, and has produced a remarkably thought-provoking book.... Tightly written and greatly researched.... A necessary and in addition a troubling e-book on an issue that's either an important and in lots of methods tremendous sensitive."--Brian Urquhart, long island evaluate of Books

"Cogently vital contribution to the discourse on nationwide id, the struggle on terror and the character of political liberalism."--Publishers Weekly

"America wrong or right exhibits a major highbrow expertise and ambition stretching its wings. particularly, Lieven takes on a number of the giant questions on American id, ideology and exceptionalism in ways in which yield dazzling and provocative results.... At its admirable most sensible the United States wrong or right asks very important questions and makes readers assessment a few of their very own such a lot adored convictions."--Walter Russell Mead, Washington publish e-book World

"This struggling with ebook digs underneath the trauma of September 11 to discover the cultural assets of renowned help for a blindly competitive and self-defeating international coverage. superb and inspiring."--Stephen Holmes, Professor of Politics and legislations, long island collage institution of Law

"Anatol Lieven is considered one of today's so much insightful observers of U.S. overseas coverage. during this unparalleled publication he offers an research of the virtues and the hazards of yank nationalism that's as provocative because it is perceptive." --Michael Lind, writer of the subsequent American Nation

"A looking exam of the deep-seated resources of yank habit, Anatol Lieven's the United States wrong or right takes on what others evade--the subject matters that, even if for strong or unwell, make us who we're and supply the engine of U. S. overseas coverage. In stinky, muscular prose, Lieven makes a powerful case that the neoconservatives have got a long way an excessive amount of credits for the process American coverage when you consider that Sep 11. His bankruptcy at the together damaging process U.S.-Israel relatives is not just brave yet powerfully illuminating."--Andrew J. Bacevich, writer of the coming near near the hot American Militarism

"The writer demonstrates that U.S. coverage in Afghanistan throughout the Nineteen Eighties was once a failed try and counter Soviet impression and to make amends for the loss in Vietnam skillfully unravels the origins of yankee nationalism and illuminates its failings and virtues."--Karl Helicher, Foreword Magazine

"Anatol Lieven is likely one of the so much proposal scary and insightful writers in Washington. This booklet is particularly a lot within the comparable tradition."--Senator Dick Clark, Director of The Congressional application, The Aspen Institute

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For that matter, Bush's first election campaign deliberately concealed his followers' imperial ambitions—as in his remark that the United States should adopt a more "humble" approach to 27 AMERICA RIGHT OR WRONG international affairs and that "I am worried about over-committing our military around the world. "39 The distinction between imperialism and nationalism is an important one to keep in mind. One key way of understanding the political strategy of the Bush administration since 9/11 is that—like some of its European predecessors—it essentially tried to drive a program of imperial hegemony with the fuel of a wounded but also bewildered and befuddled nationalism.

The endless references to the nation also extend in small and unrecognized ways throughout American life, just as they did in Europe before 1914. The phrases and symbols of nationalism are used in commercial advertising in ways which were very familiar in Europe of previous generations. S. "5 Visitors to the United States are frequently impressed by the outward show and symbols of conscious nationalism. Children are taught to salute the flag, and it is flown by private individuals to demonstrate their patriotism.

Or South Korea and Japan? The whole point of these arguments however is precisely that, like all such nationalist discourses, they are intended to free America from moral responsibility for the consequences of its actions and therefore to free America to do anything. , that France strongly supported the United States in Afghanistan) and usual standards of evidence suspended. Thus reputable opinion polls, used as basic sources of reliable information in every other context, are suddenly declared to be irrelevant—leaving national prejudice and an assumption of national superiority as the only standards of judgment.

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