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MAX BLUMENTHAL The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Has Fueled The Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump

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Today’s program features Max Blumenthal. 

Max Blumenthal has spent the last decade transforming himself into one of the most vital voices in journalism today, always speaking truth to power with fearlessness and integrity.”—Reza Aslan, author of Zealot

“The Management of Savagery” excavates the real story behind America’s dealings with the world and shows how the extremist forces that now threaten peace across the globe are the inevitable flowering of America’s imperial designs. Washington’s secret funding of the mujahedin provoked the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. With guns and money, the United States has ever since sustained the extremists, including  Osama Bin Laden, who have become its enemies. The Pentagon has trained and armed jihadist elements in Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya; it has launched military interventions to change regimes in the Middle East. These failed wars abroad have made the United States more vulnerable to both terrorism as well as native ultra-nationalism. The Trump presidency is the inevitable consequence of neoconservative imperialism in the post–Cold War age. Trump’s dealings in the Middle East are likely only to exacerbate the situation.

Blumenthal’s book is a damning indictment of the bipartisan national security consensus and warning of its present danger to democracy.

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