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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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Books by Rachel Maddow. This kind of commitment needs discussion and agreemen Five nights a week, Rachel Maddow presents a well-researched show. By squandering American prestige, influence, and milittary, by managing the wars so badly that they were inevitably lost in the long run, by telling the rest of the world to go to hell, and showing widespread incompetence, the Bush administration te to divvy that growing hegemony up between to Russia, China, India, to some extent Europe, and far less stable countries like Pakistan and Iran.

For TV, that is. Let me start strong in being controversial here by quoting Justin Logan Cato Institute: In addition, she argues that the Ameridan Act of the s and the use of the draft made sure that the US people knew that there was a very real price of human lives read: Yes, it’s worse now than ever, seemingly.

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Johnson ‘s reluctance to utilize the National Guard and the Army Reserve began the trend of separating the military and its use from the purview of the American population.

Wilson’s invasion of Veracruz, then the Pancho Villa expedition. It isn’t just because of inflated housing. While it is ostensibly about how the military has lost its way, the chapters switch back and forth on subject without a natural flow.


There is also a chapter where Maddow lists all of the nuclear accidents which have occurred on American soil in this same time period, a list scarier than anything Stephen King has written. Unfortunately, under to some extent Clinton and far more obviously under Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, American hegemony was not furthered, but fumbled — in amdrican way that will result in far more destructive forces taking far more power. They are decent polemics.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

And FYI, most of those nukes are years old, have pkwer fungus, and are badly in need of repairs—that no US scientist can perform, because the pieces that need updating are too sophisticated and complex. Stay in Touch Sign up. She suggests that we move all actual military options back under the military, taking them away from info-blackout organizations like the CIA.

I want to commend the author on her research, she is spot-on with the facts and gives IMO an accurate view of what is wrong and how to fix it. We don’t pay for these wars in sacrifice or any other way. Despite her academic credentials, the book is written in a casual, conversational tone. I mostly found ad hominem attacks on Maddow herself: Maddow’s argument encompasses that over the last half century and all of the 21st century so far, the United States military function has become marred by an ever-engorging Executive branch bent on greater power with regards to declaring war and conflict, misappropriation of armed forces to solve various world problems, privatization of war that demoralises American citizens understanding of conflicts, an ageing and dangerous nuclear arsenal, and the reeducation of what war exactly means to a society that has mostly grown numb and sadly bored by the recent wars in the Middle East.

That is an ok point, that leads to the wider point that war should be transparent, visible, for everyone to see, for communities to feel the direct pain of, so that Presidents would have much more political capital at risk when committing to the use of force abroad. Overall, we’re weaker for it, and at enormous cost. An important book, I’m glad I read it, and I’m filled with admiration. This is due to a couple of factors. Maddow reads like one of her TV monologues — smart and witty.


View all 4 comments. Drift is a book worth reading.

As one reviewer puts it: Those same founders were so worried about the problems that come with a standing army that, in the Constitution, they explicitly included several checks and balances to keep the US a peaceable nation, and the military a band of citizen-soldiers.

How could anybody not be worried? Panelists talked about how war reporting and press relations with the military have changed since the Vietnam War.

To get the resources of the “citizen soldiers” for Desert Storm, Pres. In the last ten years we have lost more troops to suicide then in combat.

I wish that Maddow had dedicated more space to the impact of media on shaping public consciousness.

That gets noticed by the population, as family members are called to the battlefield, having to vacate actual jobs. When we ship these men and women off to war, civilian communities all over America should feel that loss”.

She does the work! What is likelier is that we have been pushed into our current unmoored state by forces with a strong interest in promoting endless war.