The Emerging American Garrison State by Milton J. Esman

By Milton J. Esman

The constitutional constitution of the yankee federal govt isn't any longer offering accountable and potent governance. to beat the present paralysis in executive, to renew powerful administration of its crippled financial system and of its international empire, a brand new trend of presidency is rising, person who adheres to the sooner outlines of the garrison nation. This quantity takes account of the slow measures that experience already been taken to reply to the present paralysis outlines the hot development of governance that would exchange the failing associations of the constitutional kingdom.

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National security thus requires maintenance of the American empire. With the collapse of the American economy in the fall of 2007 and its bloated public debt, there are, for the first time, serious concerns whether the US government can continue to finance its global imperium and sustain its global strategic commitments. The terrorist attack of 9/11 followed shortly by the military stalemates in Iraq and Afghanistan and the inability of its managers to cope with the unprecedented economic recession and the stubbornly high rate of unemployment (9 percent of the labor force—14 million workers) produced a triple shock that convinced many Americans that theirs was no longer the world’s leading military and economic power.

Though America has fielded the most powerful, best trained and best equipped army ever assembled, yet it was defeated by an Asian army in Vietnam and has struggled to cope with guerrilla tactics mounted by dark-skinned Arabs and Afghans. Strategy During the Cold War (1948–91), the US implemented the strategic doctrine of “containing” the Soviet empire. By treaty and other international and bi-lateral agreements, the US established military, naval, air, and intelligence bases on a global scale. These enabled the US to project its power, with little advance notice, anywhere in the world.

The war on terrorism became the highest priority of the Federal government. Its strategy was both external and internal. External The administration declared that the war on terrorism would continue as long as necessary to rid the world of its scourge. In sympathy with the US and in recognition of their own exposure, many nations signed on to the war, agreeing to share intelligence information and to cooperate in more intensive surveillance and apprehension of suspects. For European governments this meant that communities of recent immigrants became suspect.

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