What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World

What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World

What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World

What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World

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With his usual integrity and insight Noam Chomsky explores the most pressing issues in international politics, in collaboration with his long-established partner, radio journalist David Barsamia

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Cambridge, Massachusetts (February 10, 2006)

James Traub, in the New York Times Magazine, writes, “Of course, treaties and norms don't restrain the outlaws. the prohibition on territorial aggression enshrined in the un Charter didn't faze Saddam Hussein when he decided to forcibly annex Kuwait.” Then he adds, “When it comes to military force, the United States can, and will, act alone. But diplomacy depends on a united front.”

As Traub knows very well, the United States is a leading outlaw state, totally unconstrained by international law, and it openly says so. What we say goes. the United States invaded Iraq, even though that's a radical violation of the United Nations Charter.

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