Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War
  • Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War
  • Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War
ISBN: 1476747776
EAN13: 9781476747774
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 13, 2017
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.37" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War

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In a clear-eyed and shrewd examination.of how the US seems to be mired in a losing and intractable battle against global terrorism (Publishers Weekly), Mark Danner describes a nation forever altered by President George W. Bush's war of choice after 9/11.

The War on Terror has led to fifteen years of armed conflict, the longest war in America's history. Al Qaeda, the organization that attacked us on 9/11, has been decimated (the word is Obama's) but replaced by multiple jihadist and terror organizations, including the most notorious--ISIS.

Spiral, explains Mark Danner, is what we can call a perpetual and continuously widening war that has put the country in a state of exception. Bush's promise that we have taken the gloves off and Obama's inability to define an end game have had a profound effect on us even though the actual combat is fought by a tiny percentage of our citizens. In the name of security, some of our accustomed rights and freedoms are circumscribed. Guantanamo, indefinite detention, drone warfare, enhanced interrogation, torture, and warrantless wiretapping are all words that have become familiar and tolerated.

And yet the war goes badly as the Middle East drowns in civil wars and the Caliphate expands and brutalized populations flee and seek asylum in Europe. In defining the War on Terror as boundless, apocalyptic, and Read More chevron_right

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