In his book “How America Gets Away With Murder”, Michael Mandel provides a scathing critique of the United States’ use of military force and its disregard for international law. Mandel argues that the U.S. has repeatedly violated international law through its use of force, including in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the drone strike program, and the use of torture and indefinite detention.
The book begins with a detailed examination of the Iraq War, which Mandel argues was an illegal and unjustified use of force. He provides a thorough analysis of the legal arguments made by the U.S. government to justify the war, and demonstrates that they were based on a flawed interpretation of international law. Mandel also highlights the devastating human cost of the war, including the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the displacement of millions more.
Mandel goes on to examine other examples of U.S. military action, including the drone strike program. Which he argues violates both international and domestic law. He highlights the lack of transparency and accountability in the program. The fact that many of the victims are innocent civilians.
The book also delves into the use of torture and indefinite detention by the U.S. government. Which Mandel argues are clear violations of international law. He provides a detailed analysis of the legal arguments made by the U.S. government to justify these practices. And demonstrates that they are based on a flawed understanding of international human rights law.
Throughout the book, Mandel is highly critical of the U.S. government’s approach to international law and its use of force. He argues that the U.S. has a long history of flouting international law and acting with impunity. And that this has undermined the credibility of the international legal system.
One of the strengths of the book is its detail analysis of the legal arguments make by the U.S. government to justify its actions. Mandel is a legal scholar, and his analysis is rigorous and well-researched. He also provides a wealth of evidence to support his arguments, including government documents, court cases, and academic studies.
Another strength of the book is its accessibility. While the subject matter is complex, Mandel writes in a clear and engaging style. That makes the book accessible to a wide audience. He also provides helpful summaries at the end of each chapter. Which provide a useful overview of the key arguments and evidence.
One weakness of the book is that it can be quite dense at times. Mandel covers a lot of ground, and some readers may find it difficult to keep up with the detailed legal arguments and evidence. However, this is a minor quibble, and overall the book is well-written and engaging.
“How America Gets Away With Murder” is an important and timely book. That provides a comprehensive critique of the United States’ approach to international law and its use of force. Mandel’s analysis is rigorous and well-researched, and his arguments are support by a wealth of evidence. The book is accessible and engaging, and should be read by anyone interest in understanding the U.S. government’s actions on the international stage.