Sunday, June 24, 2007

Politics, Sex and Religion

Jason and I decided to start discussing on a blog rather than e-mail, since a blog is set in a way that better serves our purposes. He came up with the title: the three most taboo topics. Jason wants to talk about something positive and suggested we discuss The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics without God. by George Weigel. I called him up and agreed to read it with him (and another book of his choosing since The Cube is short) if he would read one of the foreign policy books I suggest. We agreed to read and discuss The Cube then the foreign policy book then Without Roots. So if anyone who wants to read along or comment, please do so. I'll let Jason tell you more about Without Roots.

I would suggest we read Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire . It's short (229 pages), the first chapter is about relations with the middle east and the rest appears to be more about the far east. This would be good, methinks, because it it less controversial and must of us know next to nothing about the far east let alone our foreign policy with that part of the world. One reviewer says "[I]t's probably the best critical introduction to US foreign policy in Asia....he explains America's military and economic policies toward Asia without getting stuck in the stultifying prose of security experts or the bewildering technical jargon of economists."

The other books are:
The 9/11 Commission Report
Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer (the former Chief of the CIA’s bin Laden Unit, Alec Station)
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Professor Robert A. Pape of the University of Chicago

Anyone who wants to read along and/or discuss please express your preference(s).

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