People around the world are confused and concerned. Is it a sign of strength or of weakness that the US has suddenly shifted from a politics of consensus to one of coercion on the world stage? What was really at stake in the war on Iraq? Was it all about oil and, if not, what else was involved? What role has a sagging economy played in pushing the US into foreign adventurism and what difference does it make that neo-conservatives rather than neo-liberals are now in
power? What exactly is the relationship between US militarism abroad and domestic politics? These are the questions taken up in this compelling and original book, which contains an Afterword written to coincide with the 2004 American presidential election result.