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 military may be drifting away from our comprehension and control, but with time—and hope and determination—we Americans can reverse the trend. Tbe think this is because the solution is both easy and hard – easy to say, hard to do. When I read about Jimmy Carter saying that the US priority should be powdr its oil consumption, I also remember a Buick commercial that had a guy standing in front of a big house and saying, I worked 25 years of my life for this, and now I’m supposed to buy a small car?

The drigt of a post World War II landscape allowed the United States to gain status as the world’s leading superpower, and with unnooring, the difficulties and hubris that quite frequently become attributed to having such power. Some contractors were doing the exact same job that somebody droft the military was doing with double the paycheck. Maddow’s argument encompasses that over the last half century and all of the 21st century so far, the United States military function has become marred by an ever-engorging Executive branch bent on greater power with regards to declaring war and conflict, misappropriation of armed forces to solve various world problems, privatization of war that demoralises American citizens understanding of conflicts, an ageing and dangerous nuclear arsenal, and the reeducation of what war exactly means to a society that has mostly grown numb and sadly bored by the recent wars in the Middle East.

I watched several of her shows and found them interesting. Maddow certainly offers a clear timeline, and I can see how one can view the changes that have occurred 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.

Wasn’t America a nation interested in its imperial unmoorinb, waging countless conflicts again Native Americans, Mexicans, and colonial powers as the unmooring country stretched to encompass a continent? It does have a political event but as the cover says ultimately the logic underneath her argument is not partisan.

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She begins with the Constitution’s framers and how they were in unanimous agreement, all of them, from Jefferson to Hamilton, drif the power to make war cannot be made by ameridan man. It was dtift consequences of various Presidents Clinton and Obama are not by any means excluded who have acted to overcome barriers to action that they believed to be necessary.

That is fascinating, but I do wish Maddow had offered a bit more on how often presidents just did what they wanted to in a longer historical view, Congress be damned.

Apr 07, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: The war in the Philippin I’m going to be a bit contrarian and down-rate this book. Stay in Touch Sign up.

But, war should be a hard choice, and all of society should feel the pain.

Maddow slays some sacred Sure, it’s probably biased. View all 22 comments.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

And where are we? The US defence budget is so stupendously massive, employs so vast a number of people, is linked to so numerous a list of private companies that its complexity is almost impossible to grasp, and it is near impregnable to oversight or trimming. Nothing you can say will ever get through the brain-reality barriers that have been erected here. Apr 04, Christopher Gerrib rated it it was amazing. Maddow devotes an entire chapter to the US invasion of Grenada, with 8, American soldiers and 19 of them killed, but nothing about the DR episode, with 42, US soldiers, 44 of them killed, and up to 10, Dominicans dead.

Maddow slays some sacred cows in this book. A few quick thoughts–first, she does address the fact that Congress has never effectively asserted itself to stop a president with a “bead on war.

Sure, she preaches to the choir, and often–particularly in the first quarter of her show–she lectures like a schoolmarm, but her intelligence is so penetrating, and she delivers her pessimistic analysis with such positive energy and humor, that I invariably leave her show with more hope and more determination that I had when I arrived.

A president can wage war now without bothering the rest of us. The last chapter, which feels like a bonus chapter as it seems somewhat tacked on, discusses our nuclear weapon stockpiles and is pretty terrifying.

Next, Maddow discusses the volunteer army and how it is a necessary component in the evolution of our current situation. As always throughout this book, the Devil with the echoing “mwahahahaha” evil laughter is the one and only, Dick Cheney. Every page informs and angers at the same time. I’m also a policy hawk — I think an extremely strong American military, used properly, is the best bet the world has to see the influence of democracy, small d, increase over the next years. Maybe Colbert would be the smartest pick since his satire is so genius it might fool a few on the right to vote for him.


Of course, you can never be too deep on TV, but in a book – especially one that talks about these topics – I was expecting more, but there wasn’t anthing more. She does the work!

He just goes ahead and does whatever he wants. But Drift is not heavy reading, and her cheerfully snarky voice is instantly recognizable…A thought-provoking and timely book. They must be so stupid! She explains how the US Constitution had intended to set up some safeguards against going to war too easily, namely the requirement of Congress approval, in the absence of which a President could only use military force for a maximum period of 60 days.

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These are issues that deserve our attention. He pushed both spending on the military and executive power to extremes never before seen, and presidents since then have followed suit. War, in effect, has become almost painless for the vast majority making waging war more attractive.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Because of sloppy or nonexistent oversight, these companies are costing us far more than just the amerian overruns: Seriously though, this is some scary stuff, and Milittary tells her story well. I would recommend this book for those who wish to understand how the armed forces have evolved and to see the scale of the problems this poses.

Mar 26, Scott rated it milifary liked it Shelves: However, do NOT read it if you are looking for an even-handed voice. Feb 04, Kathleen rated it it was amazing.

I remember the indignation at Carter’s suggestion that we somehow deprive ourselves, and I 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. And, what was Congress like when McKinley poured tens of thousands of troops into the Philippines?

And then we got the Gulf War, the Iraq war, Afghanistan.