9 11 and the War on Terror (Representing American Events) by David Holloway

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The switch to an ‘America-first’ strategy was achieved only after considerable internal debate (Scheuer called it a ‘struggle’ [Anonymous 2002: 169]) within key Islamist organisations, notably so in the influential Egyptian groups Al-Gama’at Al-Islamiyah (IG), the largest Islamist group in Egypt, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), a smaller group that evolved from IG in the late 1960s and was indivisible from al-Qaeda in the post9/11 period. In Through Our Enemies’ Eyes Islamism was diverse and provisional, because like American foreign policy it was the product of internal debate and hegemonic struggle.

By the 2006 midterms, and the ISG report the following month, the political climate had changed dramatically. With the Democrats controlling Congress it became common to hear Washington insiders and political pundits talking about how the president was now on the margins of debate about Iraq. By February 2007, the Dixie Chicks were winning Grammy awards again – five in all, including album of the year for Taking the Long Way (2006). The charges Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies levied at Bush were heard regularly in the years after 9/11, with allegations that republican governance was under attack in the US becoming part of the political rhythm of the early war on terror.

75, 76). This being the case, privately accumulated capital that could find no profitable opportunity for reinvestment in the US had little choice but to create investment opportunities abroad. Harvey’s understanding of the broad mechanics of the twenty-first-century American empire was Williamsian to the core. By emphasising the link between class conflict at home and empire abroad, The New Imperialism brought a cutting edge to Bacevich’s revival of Beard and Williams. What made The New Imperialism really significant, though, was its theorising of the war on terror as a crisis in ‘neoliberal’ capitalism – the so-called ‘Washington Consensus’ capitalism of the 1980s and 1990s, built on deregulated markets, privatisation, cost-cutting, antipathy to trade unionism, downward pressures on wages, the globalising of markets and capital/labour flows, ‘just-intime’ niche production and severe retrenchments in national welfare states.

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