The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a drifted from linking the sacrifices of our armed forces around the world to the. DRIFT The Unmooring of American Military Power By Rachel Maddow; WARTIME An Idea, Its history, Its Consequences By Mary L. Dudziak. Rachel Maddow argues that the decision to take America to war has become too easy. The Unmooring of American Military Power.

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I think it depends on where you’re coming from: First, the US military is large, at least by historical levels, and considere I recently finished reading this book.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

He called it “a thought-provoking and timely book” but added that “her narrative is so beguiling that a reader may overlook its weaknesses”, suggesting that the congressional approval for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq undermined Maddow’s argument that the executive branch had become overweening. For TV, that is. They are decent polemics. Why did you read od book? Want to Read saving….

So this is a book about how we’ve let military spending run amok and ushered in a new way of thinking, or more accurately, not thinking about our constant state of war. We’ve now been at war for more than a decade and most of society hasn’t been impacted at all.

April 21, Media after Vietnam Panelists talked about how war reporting and press relations with the military have changed since the Vietnam War. Rather, it’s an unabashed cry for reason and, dare I say, peace in our time. Any book that points out that Jeff Sessions is an idiot and manages to use the word chickenshittery multiple times is off to a good start, but Drift goes the extra mile and provides an interesting and well-researched study of military bloat and the U.

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One criticism correctly asserts that she seems to ignore everything that happened between andwhich is true enough but hardly worth discounting her entire claim. Congress has to OK such actions. Bush for seeking Congressional approval for Operation Desert Storm.

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But, war should be a hard choice, and all of society should feel the pain. Amerkcan CIA, whose official role is to gather information, now launches drones and sets kill targets.

Drift is a book worth reading. Lists with This Book. She begins with the Constitution’s framers and how they were in unanimous agreement, all of them, from Jefferson to Hamilton, that the power to make war cannot be made by one man. The separation of the military and the making of war from every-day American life; the increasing out-sourcing, hence, obscuring, of components of the war machinery that ought to be visible to citizens of a democracy; the undermining of US image and substance through arbitrary use of force and the loosing on unsuspecting civilian populations of massive numbers of DynCorp and KBR “support” personnel who are not drify to military, or US, regulations and scrutiny–Maddow does a great job of tracing how this came to pass, why it’s harmful, and how it could, and still can be, reversed.

When I read about Jimmy Carter saying that the US unmoorinf should be cutting its oil consumption, I also remember a Buick commercial that had unmooring guy standing in front of a big house and saying, I worked 25 years of my life for this, and plwer I’m supposed to buy a small car?

Rachel brings us a clear, well-documented account of how our military has expanded and changed since WWII. Well, one thing is if it is you or your kids who are on the receiving end of the incomings, or having to cope with those irritating IEDs. I watched several of her shows and found them interesting. She doesn’t talk milotary how movies, television and video games glamorize war.


Proposals Towards the end, Maddow offers some proposals aimed at improving the current situation: She does the work! They must be so stupid! Oh, and dirty-bombing Spain and Greenland. After the presidential election,…. On top of this, military spending, and near continual spending increases, has become near sacred, and it would be a brave government that dared to reverse this trajectory. How is that different fhe garden-variety federal fund-raising?

You may not like the answers though. In this book, she discusses how the US military has become “unmoored” from its Constitutional role. View all 51 comments.

Americans have never been drifft far away from the consequences of a war.

Maddow shows how these twin developments have come to pass. Better, if you want to keep things on the down-low to use as few troops as possible. Maddow could have spent more time looking at drones, and other modern issues that may only get worse in the future. However, in the last few decades all of this has changed – the US has been at war almost without cease since Reagan.

Highlights for me included the explanation of the entire Iran-Contra affair I was, um, too young to be aware of it at the time, so I have always wondered what was going on and the best or at least most horrifying chapter, a list of all the inadvertent and horrifying things that have happened with the US nuclear missile stockpile, including accidentally flying live nukes across the country in