I just finished reading the book Screwed!: How Foreign Countries Are Ripping America Off and Plundering Our Economy-and How Our Leaders Help Them Do It (yeah, really long title, I know). Though I can’t remember how I came across this book, I couldn’t resist picking it up with a title like that. While the book doesn’t directly pertain to emergency preparedness, I felt it was worthy information to be shared here because it does point out quite a bit of how our country is being “screwed” by the rest of the world in a variety of ways. While I didn’t necessarily agree with everything in the book, I do feel like I have a better understanding of the rest of the world’s agenda toward America, at least, with respect to how the author sees it.
As it turns out, this book was written by Dick Morris (a Democratic consultant to Bill Clinton, contributor on FOX News channel, and more) and Eileen McGann (his wife and columnist for NY Times). When I realized this, I was reluctant to begin reading it as I figured I was going to get bombarded with a lot of left-leaning propaganda. In general, I tend to avoid all obviously political books from all major personalities (be they the left or the right) and I would have initially avoided this book had I realized who wrote it.
That said, I’m actually glad I read it. Although I did occasionally find a bit of propaganda, most of the book was spent discussing how our liberties are being subverted and, at times, blatantly washed away from many foreign (and domestic) fronts. Dick even spends quite a bit of time blasting the current administration on many issues too. This isn’t to say that I was looking for Obama-bashing either, but it was refreshing to see a significant personality be willing to call out members of his own party.
Ok, so what about the book itself? The book is split into eleven total parts. Each part discusses a different topic and how it relates to us. I was particularly interested in the parts on attacking our sovereignty (via the European Union), how foreign treaties a horrible deal, the many ways China is attacking us, and the World Bank. Much of what I read was eye-opening and new to me. The authors also discuss several other topics, including other countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia) and how our relationship with them is bad, the United Nations corruption and influence, as well as how foreign aid isn’t in our best interests either.
I actually feel like I should re-read half of the book to let some of the concepts discussed better sink in. If you’re worried about the book being too much propaganda, don’t. I was quite pleased to see that much of it was really working to fight for our right to rule ourselves and not allow foreign entities and interests to do our thinking for us. I would suggest that, regardless of your political affiliation, this book would be an interesting read. Much of it comes from attempting to protect our (America’s) best interests and allowing us to continue to be the Democracy (I mean, Republic) that we were founded to be.