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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We can spend our way into and out of wars and keep going on about our business.

In the last ten years we have lost more troops to suicide then in combat. This could have been a great book with lots of interesting discussion. Retrieved April 1, We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Militarj 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.

It would make a difference, and help reel us back towards balance and militay.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

Drift is, oof, 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.

Maddow doesn’t really offer anything new here in terms of her political analysis.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Maddow argues that this requirement has been stretched and loosened by some Presidents to the point that today the Executive can do pretty much what it pleases when it comes to sending troops to war. To prevent this, the power to declare war was given to congress in the belief that, with so many people with different and conflicting agendas, it would be much harder to get rdift a declaration.


If we are going to use drones, the Air Force should operate those drones and pull the trigger.

She doesn’t talk about the military industrial complex and how politicians protect military spending to advance their own political interests. I believe that makes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the most disastrous American military operations of all time, by a huge margin.

And Yes, the use of contractors under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama make our war efforts far less accountable to the public. So, the book isn’t bad. With no check on its growth and no rival for its political influence, the super funded, super empowered national security state has become a leviathan And by militar way, most of this book is a pretty nasty hit piece on Reagan.

At the same time, fewer citizens have taken part in the actual fighting while the rest stay at home. There are two milltary brakes on war-making, Congress guarding its power and the people resisting the call of leaders for citizens to fight and maybe die fighting on foreign soil without offering a oof persuasive argument. Unnooring opens with an analysis of the politics surrounding the Vietnam Warfocusing on the Abrams Doctrinewhich stressed public support for military operations.

Yeah, I’ll try unmoorign write a proper review at some point but I just freaking love Rachel Maddow. Highlights for me included the explanation of the entire Iran-Contra affair I te, 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 I remember little of it, but I remember this point: They are not, unfortunately, a coherent explanation for why America has drifted away from small-R republicanism and toward empire, much less an explanation for how to turn the tide”.

FDR had his undeclared destroyer-vs-submarine war with Germany. The environment of a post World War II landscape allowed the United States unmoorihg gain status as the world’s leading superpower, and with it, the difficulties and hubris that quite frequently become attributed to having such power.


Maddow makes a point about the erosion of Congressional power re war. And the Pentagon can now spend piwer dollars in a way that insulates the decision makers from the political consequences of making life uncomfortable for the voting public.

View all 11 comments. Mar 27, Pages Buy. Drift will stun Americans with its portrait of a hyperventilating United States that has produced too many real live Dr. First war approved by the UN, a precedent for Clinton with Bosnia.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Maddow should have addressed those events in this book more than she did. Millitary remember the indignation at Carter’s suggestion that we somehow deprive ourselves, and Mlitary can’t help but think we’d be in a better position now if we had done what was evident, yes, 40 years ago, that we should do.

These instances are minor and should easily be swept aside by all but the most juvenile conservatives. We use contractors extensively.

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It reads just like one of Maddows’ shows: I can’t imagine another writer who could use “whoopsie” effectively in the context of a bit of sloppiness in handling nuclear weaponry. Yet the book still surprises. And Maddow’s claim, that the US executive branch has essentially subverted the Constitution and the ideas of the founding fathers in its evolution toward a secret, unaccountable military disconnected from the government and the public, is awfully damning. I don’t know how realistic this is.

If the CIA is going to do military missions, they need to be accountable like the military is.