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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She also reminds Americans that the Founding Fathers were very scared of an Executive with unlimited war-fighting capabilities. 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.

Maddow is the first openly gay anchor to be hired to host a prime-time news program in the United States. Most importantly, it is non-partisan and very accessible. There is a lot of interesting material there. The military is a self-sustaining machine at this point. In this book, she discusses how the US military has become “unmoored” from its Constitutional role. Hell, some of these guys fought against even having o standing army at all, and Jefferson himself cut the army by a third during his presidency.

Retrieved April 1, They are not bound by the military for their conduct, they are paid better then the troops and we never hear of their deaths.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Books from the Rachel Maddow Show. Rachel Maddow talked about the embrace in the United States of perpetual war as a way of life and looked at how views of war – and the business of war – have changed since Vietnam. My dream Democratic presidential ticket for would include Rachel Maddow. Wilson and almost every president after him through LBJ had undeclared invasions somewhere in the Caribbean. But after a generation or two of shedding the deliberate political encumbrances to war that they left us 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 Air Force and I dealt with some of the material the author talks about towards the end of the book regarding America’s nuclear program.


Maddow focuses almost entirely on how Presidents from LBJ on made the military less accountable to Congress and to the general public. You could really hear Maddow’s wonky, but hilarious, voice on every page.

So what might the canny political war planner do to mitigate such a negative effect? Maddow should have addressed those events in this book more than she did. Apr 11, Lynn rated it it was amazing. Decisions about national security are ours to make. Maddow shows how these twin developments have come to pass. Yet the book still surprises. Yes, her slant is liberal and her wit is broad, but at least, she bases her opinions on something of substance approximating reality.

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Rachel Maddow proposes solutions to decades of American military bloat”. And there are other ways that Congress, even with their war-declaring power effectively gelded, can make trouble, oversight committees and the like.


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My favorite quote among many from it: Keep Congress miliatry futzing with every shiny new war opportunity that comes along. Everyone should read this book. 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.

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Currently there is a nuclear bomb buried in a swampy field in Goldsboro North Carolinatbe was too swampy to dig it out so they just left it there. Lists with This Book. To get the resources of the “citizen soldiers” for Desert Storm, Pres. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Ths 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.

Bias and truth are not mutually exclusive. If you read only one book on politics this year or even if you have no plans to read milittaryyou should really read this one – I can’t think of a more important message that everyone needs to hear. At that time I was way too deep in a fog of Aqua Net to be politically aware.

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