And as the past 8 years (and before as well) have shown, MILITARISM
really hasn't left the 'equation' and in fact has grown even more
immense in its hold on the US. Of course we Marxists already knew
this, but here is the analysis showing up in American academia (albeit
from someone who is not Marxist but Marxist ideas permeate non-Marxist
discourse). Much better than the Chalmers Johnson books from what I
can tell looking at copies online (read-only, so I can't quote).
It's in my Amazon shopping cart now.

"Ismael Hossein-zadeh's penetrating analysis of the role of the
military-industrial complex in driving U.S. foreign policy and
rearranging domestic priorities could not be more timely. With U.S.
military spending at levels higher than the peak years of the Vietnam
War, Hossein-zadeh provides the most cogent explanation yet of how we
got to this point."--William D. Hartung, Senior Research Fellow, World
Policy Institute at the New School "America has been overrun not by
military force, but by the force of militarism.  Using statistics,
analysis and historical references, Hossein-zadeh reveals the
troubling picture that America may have succumbed to militarism
despite the warnings of Washington, Eisenhower and Butler.
Hossein-zadeh reveals the true cost of Pentagon programs by adjusting
the federal budget for Social Security and unmasking the insatiable,
consuming maw of spending run amok.  He reveals how budgetary
militarism is defeating the New Deal, even as it musters a long term
assault on the Bill of Rights and other foundations of American
democracy. The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism is a must-read for
patriots concerned about the future of the United States." --Grant F.
Smith, Director of Research, Institute for Research, Middle Eastern
"Writing in a scholarly but accessible manner, Ismael Hossein-zadeh
provides an impressive overview of policy trends, their historical
background and their political and economic influences.  In examining
the recent tendencies towards war and militaristic responses to
foreign policy issues, the author looks past the now dominant
neo-conservative justifications, focusing on the powerful interests
that lie beneath."--David Gold, Associate Professor, International
Affairs Program, The New School

"Ismael Hossein-zadeh has produced an original and powerful synthesis
of previous explanations of contemporary U.S. militarism. He locates
the relevant economic, political, and ideological forces within a
power-elite military-industrial complex framework firmly grounded in a
structural analysis of capital accumulation. By steering past the twin
dangers of conspiracy theory and economic reductionism, this framework
clearly reveals the parasitic, class-biased, and systemic character of
the Bush administration's unilateralism. Along the way, Hossein-zadeh
provides a challenging analysis of the cyclical fluctuations of U.S.
military spending since World War II."--Paul Burkett, Professor of
Economics, Indiana State University

Product Description
This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary analysis blends history,
economics, and politics to challenge most of the prevailing accounts
of the rise of U.S. militarism. While acknowledging the contributory
role of some of the most widely-cited culprits (big oil,
neoconservative ideology, the Zionist lobby, and President Bush's
world outlook), this study explores the bigger, but largely submerged,
picture: the political economy of war and militarism. The study is
unique not only for its thorough examination of the economics of
military spending, but also for its careful analysis of a series of
closely related topics (petroleum, geopolitics, imperialism,
terrorism, religious fundamentalism, the war in Iraq, and the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict) that may appear as digressions but, in
fact, help shed more light on the main investigation.

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