Bush and Cheney
How They Ruined America and the World
David Ray Griffin
published 2017 • 6" x 9" • 400 pages
ISBN 9781566560610 • paperback • $20.00 •
“In this devastating critique of the enduring harm done by the Bush/Cheney presidency, Griffin provocatively links an informed account of American foreign policy failures to a definitive critique of the official version of the 9/11 attacks. All who regard themselves as responsible citizens should expose themselves to Griffin’s arguments set forth so lucidly, persuasively, and imaginatively in this indispensable book.”
—Richard Falk, Emeritus Professor of International Law, Princeton University
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WAS AMERICA'S RESPONSE TO THE 9/11 ATTACKS AT THE ROOT OF TODAY'S INSTABILITY AND TERROR?
The events of September 11, 2001, set off a chain of global crises and civil perils that have normalized a climate of fear and conflict. Starting with assaults on the U.S. Constitution, Griffin reviews various ways in which the world has been made worse over the past fifteen years—by the Bush-Cheney reaction to the attacks and by power plays for global influence enabled by 9/11. These include the disastrous effects of regime-change operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya; the war on terror, the rise of ISIS, the Syrian conflict and European refugee crisis; the explosion of Islamophobia and the American acceptance of extrajudicial murder-by-drone; and the growing existential threats of ecological and nuclear holocaust. Looking back, it is clear that the story of 9/11 has been used to legitimize and manufacture support for disastrous policies.
In Bush and Cheney, Griffin analyzes what Noam Chomsky, Paul Craig Roberts, and many others across the political spectrum consider the most serious threat today—the threat to global survival. He argues that ripple effects of 9/11 have become so destructive and dangerous that the press, policy elites, and citizens should finally confront what we have allowed to happen. A national reckoning has become essential, in the words of William Rivers Pitt, to stop “the dominoes of September” from continuing to fall.
David Ray Griffin is emeritus professor of philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. In his writing career, he has dealt with philosophical, religious, and scientific issues on which he considers the dominant position both unhelpful and false. He is the author of The New Pearl Harbor: Unanswered Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 and, most recently, Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? and God Exists But Gawd Does Not.
“Hitler called himself an artist. George Bush is now a practicing artist. Good God how art can kill. This idea was reinforced when I read David Ray Griffin's, Bush and Cheney. And now that I have, guess I could call it a retelling of Pandora's Box with the Middle East portraying the evils of that area benevolently contained by the Box while the fulminator of those evils can be titled the greatest lover of freedom in the history of the US. This is a book to wake up Americans, to look at the world with open eyes and have all to know who they represent. It is now time to grow up!”
“Contrary to popular opinion, at least in liberal circles, America did not abruptly turn ‘Orwellian’ once Donald Trump set up his business in the White House—by which time that nightmarish transformation had already taken place. Although it arguably started on November 22, 1963, the transformation was completed decades later by the Bush-Cheney administration, using 9/11 to make this roughly democratic nation unmistakably like Orwell’s Oceania, a lawless state devoted to eternal war, whose subjects have no real rights, and where words like 'freedom' and 'democracy' bear no relation to reality. The history of how Bush and Cheney pulled that off—and how Barack Obama continued it—is the all-important subject of this brilliant, necessary book by David Ray Griffin.”
—Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture & Communication at New York University; author of Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform
“David Ray Griffin not only confronts our unspeakable history. He lays it out—from Bush and Cheney through Obama into the Trump administration and our teetering now on the edge of nuclear and ecological holocaust. Is the most critical origin of our terminal plight the transparent lie of 9/11? It is exposed here brilliantly by the incisive analysis of David Ray Griffin, who tells the truth needed for human survival. Will we hear and act on it?”
—James W. Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable
“If you believe that the willful destruction of the American Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, warrants a serious debate, the new finely-researched book by David Ray Griffin—Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World—is required reading. We tend to forget just how, under the climate of fear after the attacks of 9/11, the Bush Presidency in effect hijacked the nation and turned its war machine into a true ‘weapon of massive destruction,’ whose consequences haunt us today across the world in the form of ISIS and wars everywhere.”
—F. William Engdahl, author of The Lost Hegemon: Whom the Gods Would Destroy
“Given Upton Sinclair’s definition of fascism ('capitalism plus murder'), David Ray Griffin’s extraordinarily well-researched and well-written book on the lies and crimes of the Bush/Cheney administration leads to an obvious conclusion: Never has it been clearer that ‘American Interests,’ as promoted by neocons, constitute the antithesis, the obliteration, of democratic principles, of the rule of law, and of hope for the future.”
—Robert Shetterly, artist, founder of Americans Who Tell the Truth
“Griffin has done a great service by cogently explaining the events and agendas that shaped the Bush-Cheney years. The storylines, the propaganda, and the wars and constitutional destruction are as relevant today as ever, partly because they ultimately derailed the Obama era. The Bush-Cheney influence over domestic and foreign policy certainly disappointed and frustrated many Obama supporters, who had expected him to reverse course. Today, this influence frustrates Trump supporters who voted for an outsider to ‘take back Washington’ and give us a respite from perpetual warfare. Unless Americans understand the nature of the agendas and history of the Bush-Cheney regime, they cannot begin to perceive ways to alter this trajectory, one that leads directly to economic and environmental devastation and even nuclear war. A timely and necessary read for all Americans.”
—Karen Kwiatkowski, PhD, Lt Col USAF (ret), Office of Secretary of Defense 2000-2003
“The United States and the world have changed in fundamental ways—entirely for the worse—since the events of September 11, 2001. In his new book, David Ray Griffin clarifies why and how this has happened, as well as why the official explanation of 9/11 could not possibly be true. If one is to read only one book to understand the world in which we now live, it should be this immensely important book.”
—John V. Whitbeck, International Lawyer; author of The World according to Whitbeck
“When I was in the House of Representatives, I introduced Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice, because they lied about the events of 9/11 and took our country into what has become an interminable war. In this book, David Ray Griffin pulls the covers off the cover-up. As a nominal Catholic, I’m supposed to believe in miracles; but I will never believe in the Bush/Cheney/Rice miracles outlined by Griffin. Those ‘miracles’ are crimes orchestrated by dangerous neocons, who have irreparably harmed the U.S. and the world. Will Trump bend to the neocons, as did Obama? For newly-awakened global citizens, this is a must-read primer, which explains why the world has gone so wrong since 11 September 2001.”
—Cynthia McKinney, Former US Congresswoman, recent Ph.D.
“Sadly, this book is necessary. The US press won’t cover it. From the first, David Ray Griffin contributed his scholarship (and his career!) to unmasking the Bush-Cheney administration for what it was. His latest account nails down a full indictment.”
—Josh Mitteldorf, National Institute of Biological Science (Beijing), Senior Editor of OpEdNews, and author of Cracking the Aging Code
“A clear, cogent, and scrupulously non-sensationalist and non-ideological presentation of the simple chronological historical and scientific facts, by one of our generation's most cogent and systematic thinkers. This book should convince any honest and objective person—with a political and scientific I.Q. above room temperature—that we Americans, along with the rest of the world, have been systematically lied to by the leaders of both of our major American political parties. We have been lied to not only about the facts concerning the American military invasions in the Middle East but also about the events leading up to, during, and in the aftermath of, the events of 9/11.”
—Daniel Sheehan, Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law, UC Santa Cruz, and Chief Counsel to the U.S. Jesuit Headquarters' National Office of Social Ministry
“Griffin’s Bush and Cheney is a detailed study of the successful efforts of 'Neoconservative' forces to take over US foreign policy in order to create a global empire, using the attacks of September 11, 2001, as a key lever. Griffin demonstrates that this Neocon agenda has shredded the US constitution and produced a foreign policy that is immoral, criminal, and quite literally insane. While Griffin focuses on the Bush/Cheney administration, he also shows how some of its worst policies were continued under President Obama. As a result, the United States has become the most serious threat to the future of humanity and life on our planet. If you read this book, you will want everyone around you to read it. A clear understanding of what America has become is critical to opposing the self-destructive direction in which we are headed.”
—E. Martin Schotz, author of History Will Not Absolve Us: Orwellian Control, Public Denial, and the Murder of President Kennedy
“Drawing upon his authoritative grasp of the big picture, Griffin lucidly cuts through the lies, deceptions and propaganda that have paralyzed the minds of so many. From 9/11 and the ensuing regime change wars, through to the terrifying dangers now posed by climate change, this work is an essential wake-up call for the people of the West. Everyone should read this, and then act upon what they have learned.”
—Professor Piers Robinson, Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism, University of Sheffield
“We seem to be condemned to living, for the foreseeable future, in a 9/11 world. In his latest book, David Ray Griffin meticulously documents how 9/11 may have provided a pretext to carry out pre-existing plans for the invasion of Afghanistan and the Shock and Awe attack in Iraq. Griffin takes us back to Bernard Lewis’ framing of ‘Muslim rage’ as the perfect rationale—very appealing to Dick Cheney—to explain its hatred of the West as irrational. Griffin analyzes Cheneyism—militarism under a state of permanent war—as legitimizing the concept of Creative Destruction, or Manifest Destiny understood as bombing the Other into democracy. And Griffin projects us forward, documenting how the Bush-Cheney lies in Afghanistan and Iraq created the conditions for the Rule of Chaos as al-Qaeda in Iraq turned into ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. A must read.”
—Pepe Escobar, Editor-at-Large, Asia Times, author of Empire of Chaos
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