Chalmers Johnson’s Blowback: The Cost and Consequences of American Empire really burned my brain a year or so ago and got me on my own fact-finding mission to see and find out what I wasn’t being told about recent American history. He reaches past administrations, past political parties, past mere pop politics and mucksrakes the slime that dare not speak it’s name. All with impeccable scholarship. Plus, he comes from a military and intel background so he has done the soul-searching and researching that have led him to his views.
I believe they [the current leadership] erroneously concluded that we had won the Cold War. We simply didn’t lose it as quickly or badly as the Soviet Union did because we were inherently richer. But I personally believe that we are today afflicted by many of the same problems that brought down the Soviet Union. Given the pace of events, I think there’s a good chance I’ll live to see the end of the American empire.