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Drift : the unmooring of American military power

Author: Rachel Maddow
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In this book the author shows how deeply militarized our culture has become; how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission. Here she 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.
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Genre/Form: POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & TheoryĤISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Maddow
ISBN: 9780307460981 0307460983 9780307460998 0307460991
OCLC Number: 765967335
Description: 275 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Is it too late to descope this? --
G.I. Joe, Ho Chi Minh, and the American art of fighting about fighting --
A nation at peace everywhere in the world --
Let 'er fly --
Isle of spice --
Stupid regulations --
Mylanta, 'tis of thee --
Doing more with less (hassle) --
"One hell of a killing machine" --
An $8 trillion fungus among us --
You build it, you own it.
Responsibility: Rachel Maddow.

Abstract:

In this book the author shows how deeply militarized our culture has become; how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission. Here she 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.

"Drift opens with an analysis of the politics surrounding the Vietnam War, focusing on the Abrams Doctrine, which stressed public support for military operations. Maddow writes that Lyndon B. 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. She discusses the 1973 War Powers Resolution and the evolving role of the American President in military conflicts. After elaborating on the Reagan administration's role in the Invasion of Grenada and the Iran–Contra affair, Drift gives credit to George H. W. Bush for seeking Congressional approval for Operation Desert Storm. Maddow is critical of the use of private contractors and intelligence agencies in warfare. She writes about the American incursion into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden and makes the point that land set aside for houbara bustard hunting gave reason for both Pakistan and the United States to excuse the existence of a secret base that originated drone attacks."--from the Wikipedia Overview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drift:_The_Unmooring_of_American_Military_Power

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