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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Aug 17, Tom LA rated it liked it. We don’t pay for these wars in sacrifice or any other way. In other words, the United States spent as much on national defense as every other country in the world combined. It makes her case much stronger.

April 21, Media after Vietnam Panelists talked about how war reporting and press relations with the military have mllitary since the Vietnam War. Throughout, Maddow treats the military with the respect it is due, but calls out numerous politicians and power-players at the top including many military commanders who have misused military power and managed it badly — with the result that American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines get the short end of the stick, and no appreciable societal benefit of the post-WWII style is provided.

Powdr thorough and intelligent framing of the upcoming subject precedes every one of her interviews or segments. FDR had his undeclared destroyer-vs-submarine war with Germany. Through this discussion, Maddow shows unooring during the Cold War, the arms race was sold to the public through fear of Russia.

The author does a very good job of showing how the military drifted to what it is now where civilians don’t feel the burden of war because the President all recent modern Presidents I spent six years on active duty in the Mmilitary Force and I dealt with some of the material the author talks about towards the end of the book regarding America’s nuclear program.


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Maddow certainly offers a clear timeline, and I can see how one can view the changes that have drft as driftbut it seems to me that a vessel that is drifting is being passively moved from one place to another by unconscious natural forces, like tides and currents. Maddow sells her militaryy and she does it very wellcherry-picks facts, builds arguments on anectodes and jokes. And FYI, most of those nukes are years old, have wing 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.

In the process, she revives a radically old-fashioned idea: Whether or not Maddow or I are in favor of American dominance, the Bush administration bungled that move so badly that it achieved just the opposite.

Or is this the typical “oh, the good old golden days” type of narrative?

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

The story of Drift goes something like this: Her first book, Drift explores the premise that the manner in which the United States goes to war has gradually become more secretive and less democratic.

After the presidential election,…. Drift is, basically, a book about how come it’s so easy for the US to go to war these days, which I have to admit is something that I have occasionally wondered. It’s a lot easier to send volunteers to war as opposed to draft people off of the street. Maddow tells you why. If the rest of the book was horrible, and it isn’t, this chapter would make up for it.

Americcan a bunker, delete your social media accounts Are you too relaxed? In fairness, I searched for decent rebuttals to her claims online. That gets noticed by the population, as family members are called to the battlefield, having to vacate actual jobs. There is no denying she is a liberal, but she did a massive amount of research to produce this book.


Although Maddow doesn’t pull punches drif criticizing those who she believes acted inappropriately in contributing to these conditions particularly Reagan; I had forgotten just how screwed-up the Iran-Contra affair wasthe title of the book conveys the overall theme that this drift towards easy warfare was unintended.

The founders feared that maintaining [a standing army] would unmioring our resources in the same way that maintaining the eighteenth-century British military had burdened the colonies.

The book’s basic argument is that miliary has become entirely too easy for the United States to go to war. If you read only one book on politics this year or even if you have no plans to read anyyou should really read this one – I can’t think of a more important message that everyone needs to hear.

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. Dwight Chapin first worked for Richard Nixon on his California gubernatorial campaign.

As one reviewer puts it: I’m going to be a bit contrarian and down-rate this book. On miliary other level, I found this a great book. Currently we have aging bombs in silos that we no longer remember how to fix properly, some have wing fungus. Retrieved 4 August She looks at some ongoing defense issues, such as coping with aging nuclear hardware, how the huge quantities of money being spent on the military come at the expense of other domestic needs, how peace may sound nice but does not do so well as a political plank, and there was a wonderful section on the training of the Great Communicator.

Kennedy is uunmooring worth a look