6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland CA
Map and Directions
How does the concept of empire fit with the principles of liberals and with the core ideas of conservatives? What about blowback and its effect on security and civil liberties at home? At this Independent Policy Forum, Ivan Eland, a leading expert on U.S. defense and national security and author of the new book, The Empire Has No Clothes, will examine U.S. military interventions around the world, from the Spanish-American War to the invasion of Iraq. He will expose the motives behind U.S. foreign policy, question the assumptions on which it is based, and advocate a return to the Founding Fathers original vision for a free republic.
This book is the sobering antidote for the imperial wine that has impaired the judgment of American politicians since the end of the Cold War.
HARVEY M. SAPOLSKY, Director of Security Studies, MIT
An excellent book on the Bush Doctrine of waging preventive wars, maintaining hegemony, and spreading democracy by force.
LAWRENCE J. KORB, former Assistant Secretary of Defense
The Empire Has No Clothes should greatly influence the debate in this country. Read this book.
CHALMERS JOHNSON, Author, The Sorrows of Empire
Impressively lucid, filled with careful research and highly insightful commentary, certain to satisfy concerned readers across the political spectrum.
AMB. EDWARD L. PECK, former Chief of U.S. Mission in Iraq
Ivan Eland said that Iraq would be a debacle before the war began. Hopefully, more Americans will listen to him now.
JOHN J. MEARSHEIMER, Professor of Political Science University of Chicago