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The Exception to the Rulers : Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them

by David Goodman

The Crony Connections.

er comments turned Charlie Rose red in the face. Bill Clinton called her hostile, combative, and even disrespectful. Newt Gingrich said to her, Youre the kind of reporter I warned my mother about. Meet Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of the daily hour-long talk show that is a beacon for passionate, critical, and hard-hitting news. On subjects ranging from the deceptions of the George H. W. Bush administration to the corruption of media monopolies and corporate influence over the government, Amy Goodman attacks and exposes the lies and hypocrisy that put democracy at risk. Goodman has traveled the world reporting and speaking out in defense of human rights and offers no apologies for her advocacy. At lectures, rallies, and other public appearances, thousands turn out to hear her speak the truth. Now, in her first book, she offers her no-holds-barred perspective on world events. The Goodmans have produced an exceptional expose' on the Bush administration's style of "freedom". It's the freedom to know what they want us to know. The press has been leashed/limited in their coverage of the war in Iraq. This was accomplished by the introduction of "embed" reporters during the height of the invasion. This book highlights foreign aid double-standards where human rights are concerned. Amy Goodman and Allan Nairns were eye witnesses to mass executions perpetrated by an ally,Indonesia. Some points brought up in this book are: Donald Rumsfeld's denial of being a presidential envoy to Saddam Hussein in the early 80's after Hussein used poison gas on opponents. The

use of that gas went from being a non-factor to a motive for invading Iraq a few decades later. The Zumach documments-the unredacted Iraq report to the U.N. that detailed it's weapon program only confirms what has long been believed by many.....U.S. corporate and official complicity in arming Iraq. The blueprint for post-9/11 foreign policy was drawn up by the Project for the New American Century founded in 1997 to promote American imperialism. Membership is represented by many of the warhawksRumsfeld,Cheney,Scooter Libby,Wolfowitz,and Richard Perle. "In an administration that has taken a pledge of allegiance to enrich it's billionaire buddies,one crony captitalist trumps them all:Vice President Dick Cheney."-page 65. "For the Bush family,taking care of business-and it's billionaire friends-has always come first,and these friends have always repaid the favor by taking very good care of the Bushes."-page 45. Cronyism at it's worst.The Carlyle Group appears in that context. The domestic propaganda machine was examined and how it was used to support the war before,during, and since the invasion of Iraq. The "Oilygarchy" chapter was a well-presented expose' on the corporations that are profiteering from the current wars and the "crony connections" that make it possible. The Goodmans book is one of the better critiques on the subject of current foreign policy. The equal of "Sorrows of Empire" by Chalmers Johnson in my opinion. Amy Goodman does write from first-hand experience and as an investigative journalist she has a unique perspective. "The Exceptions to the Rulers" is highly recommended reading!

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