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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Rachel Maddow

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Title:Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Authors:Rachel Maddow
Info:Crown (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Kindle Books, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Non-Fiction, 2013

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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow (2012)

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I thought I wanted to read this, but haven't been able to connect. Maybe later.
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Excellent review of how our defense/military control has shifted from the legislative to the executive with the result that war is continuous and expenses are boundless. ( )
  addunn3 | Mar 2, 2016 |
Smart and pithy without being dry or sarcastic. ( )
1 vote CatherineJay | Dec 30, 2015 |
I ended up listening to the audio version of this book -- it's read by Maddow herself! What a treat. Wish I could think of something more original to say about her writing than "brilliant" and "thought-provoking." ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
This book was beautitular written. It's a good portrayal of U.S. military intervention s abroad. ( )
  scrl | May 19, 2015 |
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War, in Maddow's world, is not in need of abolition so much as proper execution, which sometimes means more massive and less hesitant execution. LBJ "tried to fight a war on the cheap," Maddow quotes a member of Johnson's administration as recalling. On the other hand, when Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf propose five or six aircraft carriers for the First War on Iraq, Maddow recounts that this "would leave naval power dangerously thin in the rest of the world." Dangerous for whom?
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Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, becasue it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debt and taxes; and armies and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could reserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

Those truths are well established. They are read in every page which records the progession from a less arbitrary to a more arbitrary government, or the transitions from a popular governmet to an aristocracy or monarchy.

-James Madison, "Political Observations," April 20, 1795
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To former vice president Dick Cheney.  Oh, please let me interview you.
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In the little town where I live in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, we now have a "Public Safety Complex" around the corner from what used to be our hokey, Andy Griffith-esque fire station.
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Maddow 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.

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