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 founders of the US, and the authors of the Constitution, specifically designed the American system of government to avoid the concentration of war powers in the hands of the president.

But, a variety of trends have eliminated or reduced the historic factors that have made war a difficult choice. Let’s not say that, then, shall we? View all 6 comments.

Public Affairs Event Format: From the very start of this nation no one person could declare war on another country. There is a way of waging war that requires the introduction of massive force. I gave it four stars instead of five because I feel she glossed over the GWB years slightly I judged the mikitary by its cover.

But only if Rachel Maddow writes it. View all 11 comments.

Mklitary makes a point about the erosion of Congressional power re war. A mention of Judy Miller might have been appropriate. Maddow focuses only on the particular scandal of the private contractors in the Balkans, but fails to make a full, degrees, compelling argument. Of course, that wasn’t much. What is likelier is that we have been pushed into our current unmoored state by forces with a strong interest in promoting endless war.


See 1 question about Drift…. She looks at some ongoing defense issues, such as coping with aging nuclear hardware, how the huge quantities of money being spent on the military come at the expense of other domestic needs, how peace may sound nice but does not do so well as a political plank, and there was a wonderful section on the training poder the Great Communicator.

Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the scope of American military power to overpower our political discourse. She does conclude with a list of things that can be done – again mostly bi-partisan, no-nonsense propositions.

This is not a partisan thing. While it is ostensibly about how the military has lost xmerican way, the chapters switch back and forth on subject without a natural flow. 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.

Her book is a good companion piece for Eric Schlosser’s Drkft and Control: She doesn’t talk about the military industrial complex and how politicians protect military spending to advance their own political interests.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Rachel brings to this tale all of her usual wit, which helps when we try to swallow. Special Forces can be unconstrained and clandestine to the bad guys but not to Congress. Easy to say, hard to do. The main point is a very valuable one, about a balanced approach by the US government to armed conflict and foreign policy.


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With citizen-soldiers, with the certainty of a vigorous political debate over the use of a military subject to politicians’ control, the idea was for us to feel it- uncomfortably- every second we were at ameican. She also leaves out very important facts that a book like this should absolutely have included or at least mentioned: Rachel Maddow, the most charming, and surely one of the brightest political commentators on the scene, has written a thoughtful analysis of how we got from what, in law if not always in practice, was a disinclination towards war, to the current state of affairs in which presidents can pretty much lock and load at will.

Maddow tells you why. The Unmooring of American Military Power is the antidote to your serenity! It has accordingly with studied care vest the question of the war in the Legislature. To get the resources of the mikitary soldiers” for Desert Storm, Pres. I can’t leave it there. It reads just like one of Maddows’ shows: And any objective reading of this book should leave anyone who loves America or people in general horrified at just how royally the U.

I have a few gripes about Drift.