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Today, American sovereignty is more challenged than ever before, not from enemies that threaten us militarily but from “friends” who urge us to share or reduce our sovereignty for larger global objectives. How Barack Obama is Endangering our National Sovereignty reveals what sovereignty means to Americans, not as an abstraction but as a vibrant component of self government Today, American sovereignty is more challenged than ever before, not from enemies that threaten us militarily but from “friends” who urge us to share or reduce our sovereignty for larger global objectives. How Barack Obama is Endangering our National Sovereignty reveals what sovereignty means to Americans, not as an abstraction but as a vibrant component of self government. Former Ambassador to the U.N. John R. Bolton looks at specific threats to U.S. sovereignty, from “global governance” to the White House, and recommends what Americans can do to defend their sovereignty and resist encroachments from the wide array of challenges we face, internationally and in our own domestic politics.


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Today, American sovereignty is more challenged than ever before, not from enemies that threaten us militarily but from “friends” who urge us to share or reduce our sovereignty for larger global objectives. How Barack Obama is Endangering our National Sovereignty reveals what sovereignty means to Americans, not as an abstraction but as a vibrant component of self government Today, American sovereignty is more challenged than ever before, not from enemies that threaten us militarily but from “friends” who urge us to share or reduce our sovereignty for larger global objectives. How Barack Obama is Endangering our National Sovereignty reveals what sovereignty means to Americans, not as an abstraction but as a vibrant component of self government. Former Ambassador to the U.N. John R. Bolton looks at specific threats to U.S. sovereignty, from “global governance” to the White House, and recommends what Americans can do to defend their sovereignty and resist encroachments from the wide array of challenges we face, internationally and in our own domestic politics.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim Thompson

    I wasn't a fan of John Bolton before reading this book. I'm certainly not of a fan having read this. This is an "Encounter Broadside," a series of short, concise, ultra-right books that were born around the time Obama took office. The earlier volumes in the series were intensely Obama-focused, though more recently titles have expanded that focus, taking "broadsides" at "Liberal" and "Leftist" thought in general (favorite targets are college campuses, Muslims, and anyone identifying as a Democrat). I wasn't a fan of John Bolton before reading this book. I'm certainly not of a fan having read this. This is an "Encounter Broadside," a series of short, concise, ultra-right books that were born around the time Obama took office. The earlier volumes in the series were intensely Obama-focused, though more recently titles have expanded that focus, taking "broadsides" at "Liberal" and "Leftist" thought in general (favorite targets are college campuses, Muslims, and anyone identifying as a Democrat). This is Encounter Broadside Number 11. Still in those early, Obama-fixated days. In this volume, written in 2010 (2 years into Obama's first term), John Bolton (high ranking official from the George W. Bush administration, now working for Trump) argues that Obama is the first "post-American" president and that he and his allies are on a deliberate path to end America's sovereignty and deliver us into the arms of World Government. If that sounds crazy and alarmist to you then you're right. This book is crazy and alarmist. It's hard to know where to begin a response to this book. Point out the flaws of his basic premise? Point out the ways the "evidence" he cites fails to support his flawed premise? Point out the "crazy" that's sprinkled all through? Bolton clearly believes that the United States agreeing to international norms, the existence of international law, is a threat to our security. He also clearly believes that The United States is exceptional and superior to all other nations in a very factual, "scientific" way, that preference for the U.S. is not something he feels because it's his home, but that there is an actual factual argument for our superiority (and the logical result there would be that other people of other nations should recognize this superiority and act accordingly). Coming from that mindset, Bolton is disgusted when he hears Obama say "No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed." This is outrageous to him because it explicitly endorses the idea that all have been created equal, an idea that Bolton furiously rejects. In Bolton's view, the exceptional need not worry about the views of the unexceptional; the unexceptional need to know their place and stay there. "One nation, one vote," he says, is "profoundly undemocratic," though he doesn't really explain why. To be fair, this isn't racism. But it is the exact kind of thinking that has given rise over the years to racism and every other kind of bigotry that has plagued us. It is unabashed "we are better than you and we don't need to consider you" thinking. Not even glossed over. It's okay, Bolton says, because "no other nations out there are as liberty-oriented as we are." How he came to that scientific conclusion I'm not sure. Bolton argues that by being members of international organizations like the U.N. and by agreeing to abide by certain international norms, we are giving up our right to self-defense. He does not give any evidence for this. He suggests it again and again, but nowhere shows how the U.S. would be less able to defend itself from outward aggression. He makes references to military actions that have been taken (ironically, but Democratic presidents) and that were frowned upon by the international community, but these are not examples of self-defense, rather examples of aggression in the name of self-interest. We could debate when preemptive strikes are appropriate, when getting caught up in others' wars is or isn't the right thing to do, there could be multiple legitimate views, but the examples he gives are very clearly NOT self-defense issues, and so it's hard to see why he believes that the U.N. is going to prevent us from defending ourselves from aggression. Bolton is unhappy with Obama for advocating for nuclear draw downs. It's hard to make the case that multilateral reductions in weapons of mass destruction is a bad thing, but Bolton goes for it anyway. He does it creatively, if by "creatively" we mean shrilly, crazily, disconnected from reality. Bolton sees multilateral cuts in nuclear weapons as a back door way to ban guns in the United States. For real. I guess it's a safe bet-- want to rile up the Republican base, tell them a Democratic president wants to take their guns away, even though no Democratic president has ever taken their guns away (including that terrifying Obama, who was in office for 6 years after Bolton screamed this stuff onto the page). Bolton even sorta kinda calls his own bullshit here by pointing out that Obama did in fact increase forces to Afghanistan. He complains, though, that Obama didn't do it enthusiastically enough, that he had an "undisguised long to do exactly the opposite." Apparently, sending troops into harms way isn't good enough; you have to be happy about it, you can't wish that it was unnecessary, you can't wish their was a better world, you have to feel glee in the use of deadly force. There's more. It's a short, short book, but Bolton manages to get a lot of nationalistic, bigoted, anti-intellectual, fear-mongering garbage into just 45 pages. This book is terrible. A pleasure to read, because, hey, this is the intellectual ammunition of the right, and it's nice to see how pathetically hollow and fragile it is. This is dog shit, and one walks away from it realizing that Bolton is basically a dog shit kind of guy. Sadly, a dog shit guy in with real power in a dog shit administration.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    Former ambassador Bolton makes the case that President Obama and the Democratic Political Party are working for a world governments give up their national sovereignty [ right of self determination] on the pattern of the European Union. This is being accomplished through a series of treaties ceding national sovereignty right and through proposed world taxation. It is also being domestically by not enforcing our borders and immigration policy. All American citizens should read it. The thesis is sh Former ambassador Bolton makes the case that President Obama and the Democratic Political Party are working for a world governments give up their national sovereignty [ right of self determination] on the pattern of the European Union. This is being accomplished through a series of treaties ceding national sovereignty right and through proposed world taxation. It is also being domestically by not enforcing our borders and immigration policy. All American citizens should read it. The thesis is short, to the point, and in plain language.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lia

    Very short, brief rant on what Bolton thinks is so outrageously wrong with multilateralism, globalism, consensus-seeking, especially regarding use of military force, treatment of prisoners of war, as opposed to America-first American-exceptionalism. One good way to understand the mentality behind the current posturing.

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