This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the actual experience of imperial rule in seven empires. It suggests that imperial rule always meant denigration and exploitation and that the fundamental reality of empires is that they are unsustainable because their subjects find them intolerable. It also comments on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the design of Operation Iraqi Freedom by advocates of hard power, and the similarity of the Iraqi Freedom with the informal imperial tactics that earlier American administrations had used to replace uncooperative regimes in Central America.
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