The Unmooring of American Military Power

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The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America's dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war.

"One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of "privateers"; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine.

Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we've arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today's war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan's radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse.

Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seri­ously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power--and who gets to make those decisions.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307460981
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 22 cm.


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voisjoe1 Jun 09, 2013

“Drift” is a chapter-by-chapter portrayal how America’s military got so big as to equal the sum of all of the militaries of the developed nations. We learn how Reagan on one hand would lie about a so-called welfare queen that made $150,000 a year while on the other hand he was laying out billion dollar welfare programs for the largest military-industrial corporations of America. Reagan would start wars and/or threaten tiny countries such as Grenada, Panama, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Bush I and Bush II would see how popular a president becomes when he becomes a war-president and would see that one can silence the opposition party by calling them unpatriotic for the mere act of questioning the sanity of the war once it has started. The surprise for me in this book was the startling facts about the various mishaps the military has had with the thousands of nuclear missiles that are located throughout the world. I guess I should have realized with thousands, there must be some radioactive material released during mistakes or accidents made in their maintenance and transportation.


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