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American Notes by Charles Dickens, Christopher Hitchens

By Charles Dickens, Christopher Hitchens

American Notes is the interesting commute magazine of 1 of nineteenth-century America's such a lot celebrated viewers: Charles Dickens. a full of life chronicle of his five-month journey round the usa in 1842, the publication files the author's adventures travelling by means of steamboat and stagecoach, in addition to his impressions of every little thing from faculties and prisons to desk manners and slavery. greater than a travelogue, it's also a major discourse at the personality and associations of a tender democracy. Dickens distrusted a lot of what he observed, and he wrote so frankly that the recent York usher in brushed aside the paintings as 'the essence of balderdash.' looking back, American Notes will be learn because the account of a disturbing day trip from which Dickens emerged, either emotionally and politically, a replaced guy. With a brand new creation through Christopher Hitchens.

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The head of the Strategic Air Command during the early Cold War, General Curtis LeMay, was in many ways the embodiment of the ‘War is Hell’ mindset. He thought that the strategic bombing in Europe in World War II had been hampered by too much fussing about ‘precision bombing’. LeMay’s proposed war plan of delivering America’s entire stockpile of nuclear bombs in a single massive attack became official policy in the Eisenhower administration’s strategy of ‘Massive Retaliation’. 91 There was thus some validity in Henry Kissinger’s charge that, ‘we added the atomic bomb to our arsenal without integrating its implications into our thinking.

National security was ‘a simple given fact – the starting point of political analysis – not the end result of conscious policy’. 4 Thus, ‘the United States by virtue of its non-involvement in the balance of power was able to pursue foreign policy objectives defined in terms of universal ideals rather than in terms of national interests’. Like Kennan and Lippmann, moreover, Huntington also saw liberal ferocity in war as the obverse of liberal pacifism outside of war: The American tends to be an extremist on the subject of war: he either embraces war wholeheartedly or rejects it completely.

But he also saw that accepting the sovereignty of the political dimension of war gave no guarantee that war could be rendered ‘surgical’ or ‘immaculate’, for one could never factor out the enemy’s quintessential human capacity to react in a creative and thus unpredictable way. It is this basic refusal to contemplate that the enemy might react unpredictably – by refusing to fight on American terms – that has contributed to the most egregious strategic blunders of the War on Terror (and particularly the Iraq War).

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