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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The folks back home tend to get a lot more upset about the death of a year-old kid next door than they do about the demise of a year-old South African mercenary.

Maddow focuses only on the particular scandal of the private militaty in the Balkans, but fails to make a full, degrees, compelling argument.

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. Maddow writes that Lyndon B.

There are currently more contractors in Afghanistan then US military. Maddow for picking this and every other fight that Drift provokes.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

A thorough and intelligent framing of the upcoming subject precedes every one of her interviews or segments. View all 11 comments. 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 unmooriny troops to war.

Drawing from thoughtful, national interest-driven conservatives and not just the liberal establishment, Maddow makes the case that what ought to be a strong nation is instead risking shipwreck, by letting war and military matters escape real political and economic gravitational forces. I think this is because the solution is both easy and hard – easy to say, hard to do. None of this is impossible.


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Second, she does a great job at generalizing the scope of Private Military Companies PMC engaged in defense militay and how that links to “doing more with less. I’m pretty much a pacifist, but as a good citizen I believe everyone needs to know something about the US military.

Well, one thing is if it is you or your kids who are on the receiving end of the incomings, or having to cope with those irritating IEDs. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Views Read Edit View history. Core argument As for Maddow’s core argument, that America is sliding down a path of unapproved military conflicts, as I said above, I see her overall point, but I have troubles accepting that this is such a new or recent phenomenon.

Through this discussion, Maddow shows how during the Cold War, the arms race was sold to the public through fear of Russia. Footnotes or endnotes are now where to be found, leaving the reader with a hint of “where did that fact come from?

Despite her academic credentials, the book is written in a casual, conversational tone. She pays particular attention to the fun times of the Reagan Administration when ignoring, under-mining yes, intendedsteam-rolling out of existence and subverting explicit Congressional intentions became a sort of sport for those in the executive office.

Driift summarizes that although reasonable criticisms can be made of Maddow’s argument “these In fact, if you look at more than military actions in US history, only 11 war declarations have been approved by Congress and 11 times Congress authorized the use of force. She suggests that we move all actual military options back under the military, taking them away from info-blackout organizations like the CIA. Easy to say, hard to do.


But providing new information isn’t Maddow’s gist. Ultimately, I call it amazing because of Maddow’s remarkable ability to clear away clutter from the last 40 years to look at one particular thread of history–the consolidation of military control in the hands of POTUS, and what that has done to driift as a country. If we want to reverse this trend, it will take a massive effort, politically and socially, to do so.

Maddow has a particular political bent; I’m not about to pretend ameican doesn’t. 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”. By squandering American prestige, influence, and money, 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 managed to divvy that growing hegemony up between to Russia, China, India, to some extent Europe, and far less stable countries like Pakistan and Iran.

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I haven’t seen any. Against a president who [seems] bent on war, Congress [needs] to vigorously and sometimes preemptively assert its own authority If you are looking for evidence of partisan bias, a supportive drifr from Roger Ailes on the back cover should dispel any concern.

What keeps war from being popular?