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The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for America's Global Role

Caleb Stewart Rossiter

Editore: Algora Publishing, 2010
ISBN 10: 0875867995 / ISBN 13: 9780875867991
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Titolo: The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for ...

Casa editrice: Algora Publishing

Data di pubblicazione: 2010

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Riassunto: In 1784 Benjamin Franklin advocated choosing the industrious, home-loving wild turkey rather than the thieving, wide-ranging bald eagle as the symbol of the United States. Franklin lost that debate, and since then advocates of cooperation as America's global role have been similarly losing their struggle with advocates of U.S. domination. The author recounts that struggle, with particular emphasis on the past 30 years, which he spent working in and around Congress with groups opposed to U.S. support for repressive, yet "friendly regimes. He then proposes electoral reforms and a revolution in Americans' attitudes that would place our values rather than corporate and strategic interests at the core of our global purpose.

The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for America's Global Role is about not just the effects but the making of U.S. foreign policy. It shows how advocates of basing U.S. relations on progress toward democracy must struggle in Washington with advocates of support for repressive regimes in return for economic benefits such as trade, investment, and mineral resources and military benefits such as access to their territory for U.S. armed and covert forces. By arguing that the outcome of this struggle is determined by the average citizen's position, the book makes readers participants rather than observers. By arguing that a "cultural pump constantly promotes a vision of American domination as a positive force in the world, it encourages readers to analyze the day-to-day effect of this vision on their own perceptions.

The author tells the story of how US politics became mired in the assumption of domination it offers a way for advocates of a foreign policy of cooperation to change that assumption. That is the real issue.

This book features inside tales and colorful characters but also provides the clear themes and historical context needed for a high school or college text on U.S. policy after World War II toward the colonized, and then post-colonial, countries.

L'autore: Caleb Stewart Rossiter is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and an adjunct professor at American University, where he teaches courses on African history and politics and on the use of statistics in international affairs. In the 1980s and 1990s he wrote legislation and investigative reports for the congressional Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, the campaign to ban landmines, and Demilitarization for Democracy. From 2007 to 2009 Dr. Rossiter served on the staff of Congressman Bill Delahunt, a House subcommittee chair who held hearings and promoted legislation to end the occupation of Iraq and the use of torture and rendition, and to restore congressional responsibility for decisions of war and peace. He is the author of over 100 newspaper articles and policy studies and of two previous books, one on US policy in Southern Africa and one on the movement against the Vietnam War.

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