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Kicking the Addiction to War

Updated on July 2, 2013

A review of Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas.

It isn’t taught in American history books that after the American revolutionaries rose up against King George in 1776 that the leaders of the newly independent colonies not only believed they had the right to determine their own destiny, but also believed they were preordained to rule all of North America. This idea of “Manifest Destiny” had been used by ruling King’s and Queen’s for decades. The underlying idea has been the doctrine fueling America’s addiction to war.

Andreas illustrates the history of America acting through the idea of ‘Manifest Destiny’ since the genocidal wars against Native Americans up until the more recent wars with Iraq. The quest for America to expand into an empire has dictated foreign policy since the Declaration of Independence. America stole lands, resources, built up armies in lands it controlled, tore down armies in lands it didn’t control, and basically threw its weight around the globe until it got what they wanted.

Andreas puts together a comprehensive collection of data which reveals the history we are not taught in school, and why the United States is addicted to power and war. It also describes how corporate interests tie into that quest, and how the elite stand the greatest benefit from throwing the country into war. (available through

Robin Coe is a journalist and author. She wrote the fantasy novel "Fly on the Wall" and graphic novel "Illustrated Book of Wrath".

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